“End Panhandling Now” van begins rounds in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An initiative to provide rides and city employment to panhandlers around the city swung into action on Monday.

The initiative, announced by Mayor Jim Gray a few weeks ago, aims to address an uptick in panhandling in Lexington.  Homeless people are picked up and given rides, and if they are willing, offered work cleaning up the city for $9/hour.

Organizers from the New Life Day Center say in it’s first day of service, the van picked up and employed 11 people.

For now, the van will be going out twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for about five hours a day, until interest in the program can be gauged.

The van begins rounds at 8:30 a.m., with the hope of having people on the job by 9:30 a.m.

At 3:00 p.m., workers are taken back to the center to be paid.

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