Major increase in pan handling, we have not seen this since the late 80’s. Why? Economic conditions in areas of the city. It has nearly tripled by my observations within the last six or seven months. Here are the cities we have noticed the increase in the problem. Los Angeles, Phoenix, El Paso, Tucson, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Billings, Salt Lake, Bismarck, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Memphis, Louisville, Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philly, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Hartford, Newark, DC, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Memphis and Nashville. No this is not all, just where we have been. Pan Handling is getting out of hand, literally. The problem is getting to be very big and laws are going to be put into action and enforced.
What can we do to curb this issue, fix this problem and get America back to work. People are going to starve for the first time in 50 years. I can tell you that this is a serious issue and we must address it;
Without being named an utra-left liberal, of which I am not, I would like to point out that we are all Americans and we must work together and support one another and try to prevent others from becoming homeless so they do not have to panhandle, yes there are those who chose to live this way, but with the ever increasing and obvious observations, there are many more who have fear and shame in their eyes, clearly these people are not wanting to be in the position they are in and we must find jobs and ways to get them off the street.
As an Entrepreneur, I know, it is people like us who hold that key, the question is will the government get out of the way long enough of the free enterprise and free market mechanism to do it’s job? I submit to you and all Americans that this is no time to create hardships for small business, it is our only way out and 2/3 of Americans are employed by the small business person. When business is good, they need more people to work, the same people who asked you if you could spare some change last week. You want to fix the problem without giving away a fish, no problem allow the fisherman a chance to grow.
Now then, after giving much thought to this subject and talking with many homeless folks, I have an idea. To build small carts, which cost $550.00 that are portable cleaning machines. With small water tanks, pressure washers. On these carts is advertising like on park benches Buses and city bus stops, which will pay for these carts so that no one steals shopping carts from Businesses.
Each Homeless person will check out the carts and instead of rental fees they will promise to clean two bus stops, two park benches and collect aluminum cans, bottles and recycle type trash for redemption value. The design calls for a collection box on the unit for recyclables. The Homeless Individual also can clean other things for those who wish to pay them. Turning the Homeless who want off the street into micro businesses. And as an Entrepreneur, we have a prototype drawings, ideas for making the future units even better. We need realistic solutions to real problems when dealing with the homeless. Faith Based social programs can organize these carts and help the homeless step upward.