Homelessness, hunger and addiction are real problems. Fortunately, New Haven has a host of organizations dedicated to solving them. Through Give Change to Make Change, you can have a real impact and make a lasting difference in someone’s life.
Stop the Cycle
Instead of enabling ‘panhandling’, put your spare change in one of the new ‘Give Change to Make Change’ parking meters. You can be sure that your money will be put to good use through a non-profit agency, while simultaneously helping to make downtown a friendlier, safer place.
Ways to Handle Requests for Money
Politely say “NO” and walk away.
Ask if you can make a phone call for assistance on their behalf (CALL 211).
For immediate access to free food locations, call INFO New Haven Visitor Center 203-773-9494.
it connects to critical health and human services in the community
New Haven Launches Campaign
Panhandlers are not really homeless
Downtown New Haven
Downtown New Haven’s donation meters allow people to make donations to the homeless without directly giving to people who ask for spare change on the street. Look for a meter location near you.