After complaints, group to address Charlotte’s panhandling problem

02/20/2014 8:52 PM

02/20/2014 8:54 PM

Reports of overly aggressive panhandling in uptown have prompted Charlotte Center City Partners to create a task force to find solutions.

Organizers say the group of experts will meet quarterly, and members will include police and charity representatives. A review of city panhandling ordinances is one of its goal, as well as finding money for outreach programs for people living on the streets.

A recently completed survey of Charlotte’s frequent panhandlers found that 90 percent of them are not among the most vulnerable clients charitable agencies work with on a regular basis. In fact, the study found many were not homeless and were earning up to $150 a day by panhandling, officials said.

Aggressive begging, night-time panhandling and panhandling people waiting in line are illegal in Charlotte. Mark Price

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