Date of Award
Masters Capstone Project
M.S. in Geographic Information Science
College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment
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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Gall, Megan A., "The Scope and Nature of Panhandling and the Related Crime in Denver, Colorado" (2007). Geography and the Environment: Graduate Student Capstones. 1.