Massachusetts

Massachusetts city tells public to stop enabling panhandlers

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2007, file photo, people make their way through downtown Lowell, Mass. The Lowell Sun reported on July 11, 2016, that the city is asking the public to stop giving money to panhandlers. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2007, file photo, people make their way through downtown Lowell, Mass. The Lowell Sun reported on July 11, 2016, that the city is asking the public to stop giving money to panhandlers. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)  (The Associated Press)

A city in Massachusetts is asking residents and visitors to stop giving money to panhandlers.

Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy tells The Lowell Sun (http://bit.ly/29JchnK) "it's better to donate to organizations that deal with these issues rather than give to panhandlers and enabling them."

The plan has been devised by a task force that includes city officials and community agencies.

The move follows an effort by the city to outlaw panhandling last year. A judge blocked that plan following a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.