Bloomington shelter implements panhandling ban

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A Bloomington shelter for the homeless is barring residents from panhandling as part of a new code of conduct.

Directors of Martha's House say the new policy is designed to help the homeless become self-sufficient. Another policy barring residents from drinking alcohol or using unprescribed drugs while staying at the shelter has a similar goal.

Board member Darryl Neher tells The Herald-Times the panhandling prohibition is designed to create a supportive atmosphere for people who are struggling to stay clean and sober

Board President Bob Miller says many places in Bloomington offer free meals to the homeless and that it's not necessary to panhandle.

He says he hopes all agencies that assist the poor and homeless will adopt a similar code of conduct.

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