Home > News

New anti-panhandling program provides a better way to offer change

Posted May 16, 2018 | Last updated July 15, 2019

Folks in Fort Worth have big hearts, and whenever someone asks for a helping hand, we’re likely to give it to them. But when it comes to panhandling on city streets, handing over spare change is a bad idea.

Panhandling violates a Fort Worth city ordinance, encourages a transient way of life and negatively affects public safety and quality of life. In 2017, Fort Worth Police issued 691 citations for soliciting contributions in the street, 210 citations for aggressive panhandling in a prohibited area and 47 citations for soliciting donations.

A coalition of community partners — representing government, the business community and social service agencies — has a new solution. While many panhandling programs go after the panhandlers, this new program is about educating the people who give money. This will allow them to donate to a fund that will help those in need.

Residents who are willing to help can text FWCHANGE to 41444 and their donations will benefit the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. The donated funds will help provide housing-related services such as application fees and security deposits; bus tickets; motel vouchers for families; and mattresses.

Community partners will work with businesses and organizations to help educate residents and visitors about the program. The city is asking residents and organizations to help spread the word about the new program. Information is free to download on the city’s website.

To learn more, contact Tara Perez at 817-392-2235.

Get articles like this in your inbox. Subscribe to City News.

City News

Calendar

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Sept. 23, 2019; City Council Confernce Room 290, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Fall Hats for Seniors at Como Community Center: 10 a.m. Sept. 23, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Notice of Possible Quorum, Butler Place Redevelopment Meeting: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2019; FWHS Auditorium, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

Trinity Metro Board of Directors Meeting: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2019; Fort Worth Central Station, Downtown Fort Worth, 2nd Floor Community Room, 1001 Jones Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commission Notice of Possible Quorum, Cavile CNI Grant Resident Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2019; Cavile Community Room, 1404 Etta St.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Housing Board of Commissioners Notice of Possible Quorum, Butler Place Redevelopment Meeting: 9 a.m. Sept. 24, 2019; FWHS Auditorium, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

National Voter Registration Day: Sept. 24, 2019; Fort Worth Public Libraries.

Employee Life-Cycle - Interviewing, Hiring and What Comes Next: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
Register for this event »

Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee: 2 p.m. Sept. 24, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Sept. 24, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Sept. 24, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

The Secrets to Buying a Franchise: 9 a.m. Sept. 25, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
Register for this event »

City Plan Commission Work Session: 11 a.m. Sept. 25, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 2019; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Park & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting: 4 p.m. Sept. 25, 2019; Deborah Beggs Moncreif Garden Center, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
View the agenda »

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission Meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 25, 2019; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods Room 105, 818 Missouri Ave.
View the agenda »

Hulen Street & Hartwood Drive Sidewalks Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 25, 2019; Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.

City of Fort Worth Workshops - RFP, RFQ, ITB and Best Value Solicitations: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26, 2019; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
Register for this event »

Water and Wastewater Capital Improvements Plan Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: noon Sept. 26, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union, 2309 Montgomery Street.
View the agenda »

Emergency Physicians Advisory Board Meeting: 12:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2019; TCMS Building, 3rd Floor, 555 Hemphill.
View the agenda »

Movie in the Park at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. Sept. 26, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

The Neighborhood Awards How-To-Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2019; Hazel Harvey Peace Center, 818 Missouri Avenue.

Building Out a Successful Sales Program: 9 a.m. Sept. 27, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
Register for this event »

Glow Party at Como Community Center: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne.

View the full city calendar and current meetings.