You see them on street corners or outside local stores, holding signs declaring homelessness and asking for money or food. Your heart says give, but is it the right thing to do?
Helping those less fortunate and giving back to our community is the humanitarian thing to do, but Pasadena’s reputation as an affluent and generous community means it is often targeted by professional panhandlers.
The City’s Housing Department recommends you make informed choices about how to help the homeless. One way is by getting the facts online from the Pasadena Housing and Homeless Network, www.phhn.org, where you can also find a list of organizations that can use your help.
The Pasadena Housing and Homeless Network is a diverse group of public and private agencies, foundations, faith-based and non-profit groups dedicated to offering a citywide, coordinated continuum of care for Pasadena’s homeless and needy. As a positive result, there is FREE food, clothing, shelter, showers and laundry available year-round in Pasadena for the homeless so that they do not have to panhandle.
Also, the City offers these reminders and phone numbers:
• If you encounter an emergency situation with a homeless person, always call 9-1-1.
• Passageways is the designated portal service that provides intake and referrals specifically for Pasadena’s homeless. Passageways is at 1020 S. Arroyo Parkway and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (626) 403-4888 for help.
• The Bad Weather Shelter Hotline during winter is (888) 915-8111. Call the hotline for shelter locations and hours.