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Posted on: March 14, 2023

City launches Spare Change for Real Change campaign

Spare Change for Real Change flyer

The city is launching a campaign aimed at raising funds for homelessness prevention services and reducing panhandling in the community.

The City of DeLand has partnered with the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to launch the Spare Change for Real Change campaign that will provide people alternative ways to donate to those in need.

“People give to panhandlers with good intention; however, there are better and safer ways to ensure that our donations are put to good use,” said Mayor Chris Cloudman. “One hundred percent of the money raised by this campaign will fund homelessness prevention services at the Neighborhood Center.

“We know that addressing homelessness and panhandling in our city will require a multi-tiered approach, but this is a great initial step toward helping people and our community.”

In the coming days and weeks, people will notice signs with a QR code and/or a number to text posted in area businesses encouraging people to donate to the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. Pending approval of the Florida Department of Transportation, the same signs will be placed at intersections where panhandling is prohibited due to safety concerns. 

Throughout the year, the city will also look to partner with businesses to raise funds for homelessness prevention services.

This is just one step in the city’s efforts in addressing homelessness and poverty in the city. 

In addition to enforcing the city’s existing panhandling ordinance that was amended last year, officers will soon be paired up with case workers from the Neighborhood Center to assist individuals in providing them resources.

To donate, text "change4homeless" to 44321. 

More information may be found at www.deland.org/realchange


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