Panhandling Ordinance Could Hurt Homeless Newspaper Sellers

When a new city ordinance takes effect Sept. 18 banning people from passing or receiving money or goods through car windows on city streets, homeless street newspaper vendors will feel the financial impact, according to the newspaper’s owner.


“That is going to be a big crimp in business, and we’re trying to change our business model,” says Paul Gangarosa, owner of the Lowcountry Herald. Founded in 2014 and publishing monthly, the Herald prints 1,000 copies of each issue, which vendors offer to pedestrians and motorists in exchange for donations.

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