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A program launched last July to reduce aggressive panhandling in Downtown Cincinnati is still showing good results.  

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The ACLU of Ohio is taking aim at laws against panhandling in dozens of cities across the state, as part of a nationwide effort coordinated with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

The five yellow donation stations in Downtown Cincinnati, installed as an alternative to giving money to panhandlers, haven't seen a lot of donations since they were installed about a year ago.

The Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) reports between $300 to $350 has been collected from the re-purposed parking meters.

Charity Newsies selling newspapers in a Columbus intersection
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Less than a month after Columbus City Council voted to tighten rules on panhandlers, Council has voted to let more people ask for money in the street.


Jul 12, 2018
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Columbus City Council has approved an ordinance regulating “aggressive” panhandling. The new rules prohibit panhandling near ATMs, on freeway ramps and at intersections. Panhandlers are also banned from following or touching pedestrians. 

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Columbus once again has a panhandling ordinance that it plans on enforcing.

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A little over one year after Columbus stopped enforcing the city’s panhandling law, City Council will consider a new ordinance.

The Dayton City Commission recently passed a law effectively banning panhandling along 51 major roadways. It’s not the first time the city has passed laws curbing the practice. Now, some legal advocates are already raising questions about the city’s new pedestrian safety ordinance.

At the May 23 city commission meeting, Mayor Nan Whaley was clear: the ordinance is not about panhandling.

“Nothing in this ordinance criminalizes holding a sign on the side of a roadway,” the mayor said.

City of Cincinnati

There are now five donation stations in downtown Cincinnati where people can give money to help the homeless population.  

The city, along with Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated (DCI) and 3CDC, are partnering for the effort.  

Donation stations are re-purposed large yellow parking meters that can accept coins or credit card donations. The funds collected will be given to various agencies to aid those in need on the streets. 

Columbus Stops Enforcing Panhandling Ordinance

Jul 17, 2017

Columbus has stopped enforcing its panhandling law after similar laws were challenged successfully using a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an Arizona case about church signs.