Initiative Aims to Get Panhandlers of...

Initiative Aims to Get Panhandlers off the Streets

There are 2 comments on the WGBH story from Jun 10, 2012, titled Initiative Aims to Get Panhandlers off the Streets. In it, WGBH reports that:

As the weather warms up and tourists fill the streets, panhandlers appear in droves, asking for spare change at almost every busy square and intersection.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WGBH.

“All gave some,some gave all.”

Since: Jun 11

PCB

#1 Jun 11, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— As the weather warms up and tourists fill the streets, panhandlers appear in droves, asking for spare change at almost every busy square and intersection. The treatment they receive from pedestrians, storeowners and police varies widely, as does their income. Now there's a new effort in Cambridge to get panhandlers off the streets.
Please spare change
Justin Newton divides his time between two trendy and rather affluent areas of Greater Boston: Harvard Square and Newbury Street. He's 31, tall with shaggy red hair and a beard. He's also a panhandler. For up to 8 hours a day he sits or stands with a cardboard sign, usually scrawled with a funny message — for instance, one day in May, "Too Ugly to Sell My Body, Already Sold my Soul. Please Spare Change."
The shelter where Newton usually stays is closed until the fall, he said, so he and friends sleep on the street. You might see them in front of the Coop or in the Pit in Harvard Square. He said on a good day, after about 8 hours, he makes about $75. He spends his money on what he called homeless "gear."
"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t using some of it to buy, like, pot," he said. "But well, I just bought these two foam mattress pads because my back’s been really bothering me and I needed a better surface to sleep on."
When asked if he'd tried to get a full-time job, he shrugged. "I was looking for work for 2 1/2 years before I became homeless. If I couldn’t find a job when I had a roof over my head, think of how much harder it is to get a job when you don’t have a roof over your head, when your address is a drop-in center," he said.

“All gave some,some gave all.”

Since: Jun 11

PCB

#2 Jun 11, 2012
If anyone knows Justin Newton,ask him to hold up a sign that says, "David McCullough for President."

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Back Bay Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Fisher-Price's new campaign is making a positiv... Aug 31 leticia 16
News Globe updates - What makes people gay' 10 years... Aug 21 Rainbow Kid 3
News Editorial: Bring back bilingual education for B... Jul '15 reality is a crutch 1
News Kerry released from Boston hospital after broke... Jun '15 reality is a crutch 2
News Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on musi... May '15 test 2
News Multiple Boston Men Arraigned For Participating... May '15 Noyb 1
News In the Search for an Alternative to God, One Ra... (Mar '11) Apr '15 Joy Joy 696
More from around the web

Personal Finance

Back Bay Mortgages