The City of New Haven’s Traffic, Transportation and Parking Department is providing an easy way for do-gooders to give to the homeless at the expense of so-called professional panhandlers. City transit chief Doug Hausladen said aggressive panhandling has become a major concern for people who work and play downtown and the businesses that serve them.
In addition to the meters, which will be on “movable and securable” stanchions, the department is hoping to work with the creators of the Parkmobile app to provide donation boxes that allow people to use that phone technology to also make donations.
Aggressive panhandling was one of the top three concerns identified in a recent study about the perception of New Haven. The other two concerns were parking and traffic, and safety.