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Spartanburg task force addressing panhandling

November 3, 2019


40s IN THE MOUNTAINS. BUILD WE EXPECT WARM WEATHER COMING UP IN THE NEXT 7 DAYS. DOWNTOWN SPARTANBURG IS SEEING A RESEARCH OF BUSINESS, RESTAURANTS AND LOTS OF PLACES TO LIVE. WITH ALL OF THAT GROWTH IS COMING AN INFLUX OF PANHANDLING ON THE STREETS. THE CITY AND THE LOCAL AGENCIES ARE WORKING TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. AND KIMBERLY BROWN IS LIVE DOWNTOWN SPARTANBURG TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE PROBLEM. Reporter: SPARTANBURG IS A MAGNET FOR GROWTH. THEY HAVE SEEN $760 MILLION WORTH OF DEVELOPMENTS HAPPEN IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. AND WHEN GROWTH COMES, THERE ARE ALSO OTHER THINGS THAT COME ALONG WITH IT. THE ISSUE OF PANHANDLING SPILLS IN SOME DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES LIKE THE COULD HAVE SHOPS. THE WORST ONES ARE PEOPLE ASKING FOR CIGARETTES AND CHANGE TO GET CIGARETTES. AND SOMETIMES THEY’LL SNEAK INTO THE BATHROOM AND MAKE A BIG MESS. Reporter: PANHANDLING ARE PART OF A LANDSCAPE A GROWING CITY AND SAID IT NEEDS TO BE MANAGED. AS FAR AS ISSUES WITH PANHANDLING AND HOMELESSNESS, THERE NEEDS TO BE AND ADDRESS OF THE SITUATIONS THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO BE NEEDING TO SEEK THE HELP FROM OTHERS FROM A PUBLIC SPACE LIKE THAT. Reporter: WE ARE WORKING ON THE PANHANDLING ISSUE. NINE MONTHS AGO, A HOMELESS TASK FORCE WAS CONCEIVED. ONE OF OUR MAIN FOCUSES IS TO WORK WITH THE BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN. Reporter: THERE ARE MANY FACTORS CONNECTED TO HOMELESSNESS AND HABITAT FOR PANHANDLING IS A PROBLEM THAT THEY WANT TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE PROCESS. IF WE’RE SERIOUS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS. YOU CANNOT JUST SAY HOUSING WILL BEHIND THIS. IT IS A TIERED UP PROCESS. Reporter: THE HOMELESSNESS ISSUE AND PANHANDLING VERY IMPORTANT AN ISSUE IN FRONT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE. THE TASK FORCE WILL MEET AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 11th AND THEY WILL GET MORE SPECIFIC TO HELP THOSE THAT FIND THE NEED TO PANHANDLE. WE MENTIONED THE UNITED WAY AND THE CITY OF SPARTANBURG ALSO A PART OF IT. THERE ARE DOZEN OF DOZENS OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT WANT TO HELP PEOPLE IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. SO GREAT TO HEAR WHAT THEY’VE GOT GOING ON THERE IN SPARTANBURG. THERE ARE A LOT OF CITIES IN THE UPSTATE THAT HAVE RULES AGAINST ASKING FOR MONEY ON THE STREETS WITHOUT A PERMIT. WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN SPARTANBURG? Reporter: IN SPARTANBURG, IN 2009, THE CITY PASSED AN ORDINANCE SAYING IT WAS AGAINST THE ORDINANCE TO PANHANDLE IN THE CITY SQUARE. YOU CANNOT PANHANDLE 15 FEET NEXT TO AN ATM OR SIX FEET AWAY FROM THE FRONT DOOR OF AN OFFICE BUILDING. JUST A FEW OF STIPULATIONS THAT WERE PUT TOGETHER A FEW YEARS AGO. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT KNOW WHEN WHAT TO DO. AND THEY’RE FAMILIAR WITH MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HOMELESS AND PANHANDLE IN THE AREAS AND THEY DIRECT THEM TO THE

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