El Cajon campaign aims to cut down on panhandling

Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 21:10:31-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - New signs are going up in El Cajon this week that encourage people to donate to charities rather than panhandlers. 

The signs are already up at about a dozen locations in the city and direct people to visit the homeless task force website to donate and find out more about programs to help those in need. 

A news release about the effort says: 

The City advocates for a more effective way to help the homeless rather than giving spare change to panhandlers. To help, residents are encouraged to visit the East County Homeless Task Force’s website at

The City of El Cajon is a proud leader in supporting solutions to homelessness. The City provides nearly $225,000 to transitional living centers and a local shelter each year. In addition, the City has increased its support this year by setting aside an additional:

  • $10,000 towards the Salvation Army reunification program to reunite up to 20 homeless individuals with their families;
  • $3,500 to develop an easy to use phone app that connects homeless individuals with services;
  • $70,000 to fund a housing navigator position with Crisis House that will help homeless individuals find housing; and,
  • $80,000 for rental assistance vouchers.

For more information, visit the City’s website at