Panhandling is not unique to Downtown or the City of Colorado Springs – it occurs all across the country. Panhandling, vagrancy, and homelessness are not the same issue, although they often can overlap. When people approach for money, some really do need help. But in most cases panhandlers use money given to them to fuel addictions and self-harming behavior. Instead of giving to panhandlers, please consider supporting the local human service agencies that provide the meals, shelter, counseling and recovery services that can help people toward a healthy and sustainable path in life. For more information click here.
The following information on panhandling is provided as a general guide. For chronic issues or concerns, please contact your City Council representative and/or the Colorado Springs Police Department.
What is and is not allowed in the City of Colorado Springs: Asking for money or food, or seeking a donation with signage, is allowed throughout the City. Aggressive behavior is not allowed, whether from a panhandler or other person. Please call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000 to report aggressive behavior such as:
- Unwanted physical contact
- Following or obstructing pedestrians
- Use of profane or abusive language, exhibiting violent behavior or making threats
- Soliciting on private property that displays a “No Soliciting” sign
The BID regularly updates and prints pocket resource guides to help people experiencing homelessness access services within a walkable distance of the city center. To receive these guides for your own or your employees’ use, contact Downtown Partnership at 719-886-0088.