A man is standing on the street corner with a sign reading, “Every bit helps.” On the next block, there is another man sitting next to a lamppost with a jar at his feet, asking people walking by for any extra change. What both of these people have in common is that they are panhandling on the streets. However, their reasons are unknown to people who pass by. This rise in activity can be connected to recent poverty rates.
By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter
Panhandling has become an obvious actvity in Lansing Township. Today, one may find this trend to be quite common specifically in the Frandor area. “I panhandle simply because I need help with my rent,” said 27-year-old James Robinson, who recently was panhandling on the corner of East Michigan Avenue and South Homer Street. “I do have a criminal background, so that makes it really hard for me to find a decent paying job. I have only been panhandling for two months now and have been making little progress everyday.”