Recently there has been a surge of people on the street asking passersby for money.

Some residents blame a change in law-enforcement policy while others assert that the whole situation is a scam. Many professionals link the increase to homelessness and poverty.

Learn what’s behind it.

Attend a forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave., on “Panhandling, Poverty and Homelessness.” It is sponsored by SNA and will be moderated by Gayle Gifford, president of Cause & Effect Inc., an advisor to nonprofits, and R.I. Rep. Aaron Regunberg.

Guest speakers include:

Diana Burdett, executive director of PICA, a private charitable nonprofit which runs the largest food pantry in the state and provides intensive case management for the homeless. She is also part of the Downtown Improvement District

Linda Katz, co-founder and policy director of the Economic Progress Institute;

Rabbi Alan Flam, executive director the Helen Hudson Foundation for Homeless America;

Jeffrey Dana, chief solicitor of the City of Providence (or another city representative.)

Don’t just curse the darkness, help shed some light on the problem.


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