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New Rule At Bloomington Shelter Prohibits Panhandling

People talk in People's Park in Bloomington, Ind.

Martha’s House, an overnight emergency homeless shelter in Bloomington, is making its residents promise not to panhandle for money if they want a bed.

In its new code of conduct, the shelter also strictly prohibits the use of alcohol or drugs while a person is living at the facility.

Bob Miller, President of the Martha’s House Board of Directors, says there are a number of reasons someone can become homeless and those reasons must each be treated differently.

“However, one constant in the process is the necessity that the individual take responsibility for his or her circumstances,” Miller said in a press release. “We want our residents to maintain self-respect and dignity by exhibiting good citizenship qualities.”

Miller points out that Bloomington offers a wide array of services for homeless people so they do not need to panhandle.

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