Panhandling Task Force

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The "Have a Heart, Donate Smart" Campaign

GSN - HeartDonateRancho Cordova is a caring, generous community. All of us have been panhandled at intersections or store fronts at some time. But there are better options for panhandlers that are provided for free at several agencies throughout the region. Giving money to panhandlers often supports drug and alcohol addiction. Donating to shelters or service providers in the Rancho Cordova area will allow your gift to go further in helping others. Rancho Cordova’s City Council and staff feel that panhandling is a problem that needs to be addressed as part of the Growing Strong Neighborhoods effort.

Community Resources and Homeless Services

  • Rancho Cordova Resources

  • Food and Clothing (Sacramento)

  • Shelter (Sacramento)

Click here to download a listing of regional resources and homeless services

Tips for Responding to Panhandlers

  • Politely say "No" or "Sorry"

  • Help homeless people who are working to get ahead by donating your time to local support centers and shelters

  • Aggressive panhandling is unlawful. If you feel threatened call 911.

  • If you'd like to donate to people in need, donate to any of the organizations listed here.

  • For those in emotional crisis who need immediate assistance, please contact the Sacramento County mental health hotline at (916) 732-3637

How to Report Panhandling

  • Call the RCPD non-emergency number at (916) 362-5115

  • Shoppers at retail establishments should report panhandling to a store employee.

  • Business owners, managers, and individuals should call the RCPD non-emergency to report panhandling.

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In Partnership with:

City of Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova Police Department
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce

Please contact the City's Code Enforcement Division at (916) 851-8770 with any questions about the Panhandling Task Force.

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