Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S. in Geographic Information Science

Organizational Unit

College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment

First Advisor

Steven R. Hick


Panhandlers, Transients, Regulations for panhandling


Nationally, increases in the number of panhandlers and homeless people are associated with social and economic issues and are the subject of public policy debate, sociological inquiry and public interest (DHPG 2003). Panhandlers and homeless people are collectively called transients for this research. In the 1950s, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill caused the first major influx of homelessness. Discrepancies between affordable housing and wages grew through the 1960s and 1970s and the problem did not gain national attention until the 1980s (DCEH n.d.). The increased attention is primarily due to the continued scarcity of housing, increasing discrepancies between housing costs and means, a scarcity of social services, changing social conditions and new types of illicit drugs (DCEH n.d.). In Denver during 2005, one organization estimated 10,000 homeless people were staying in Denver (MDHI 2005). Another local organization approximated that $4.6 million was collected by panhandlers (Denver’s Road Home n.d.).

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Megan A. Gall


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English (eng)


113 pgs

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