UW Sunday Column 06-08-14: Rod Lane with Helping Hands of Springfield

Rod Lane: Homeless? As a matter of fact…

laneDid you know citizens in Denver Colorado give more than $4.6 million annually to panhandlers?

While Denver is a much larger community, I cringe to think about the staggering amount of money given daily to panhandlers in Springfield, and I wonder how much agencies would be able to expand housing options if those funds were directed towards them instead of the hands of a stranger.

You may ask if the panhandlers in our community are representative of its homeless population. The facts may surprise you.

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