St. Louis to try new tactic to cut down on panhandling - KMOV.com

St. Louis to try new tactic to cut down on panhandling

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(KMOV.com) – St. Louis City’s new Director of Human Services said the city will use new tactics to manage panhandling.

He said the city may ask panhandlers, who are not necessarily homeless, to obtain a business license with the city. Downtown STL Inc. said it is looking into alternative ways to give money to the homeless, either at meters, on the street, or through an app.

“There’s a compassionate way to help these people and mitigate this problem of panhandling that’s not good for anyone and that is to have them go to St. Patrick’s Center, to the bridge, to one of the other social service agencies that can not only give them food and support that they need, but also provide services to get them out of the situation that they’re in,” said Missy Kelley with Downtown STL Inc.

The plan to force panhandlers to obtain a business license is expected to be presented to Mayor Francis Slay in six weeks.

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