City councilors could approve expansion of program to reduce panhandling


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City councilors will discuss possibly approving an expansion of the Better Way Program which aims to reduce panhandling in Albuquerque.

The mayor is requesting to increase the program’s budget from $181,000 to $261,000 for the next fiscal year.

The Better Way Program would then use two vans instead of one.

The extra van would from come from the Solid Waste Department.

The program launched last year and the city partnered with Saint Martin’s Hospitality Center to drive around and hire panhandlers to do day jobs around town. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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