Want to help the homeless? Don't give your dollars to street panhandlers or potential scam artists holding those stereotypical, hand-lettered cardboard signs at freeway ramps, parking lots or street corners.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank suggests a better way to make sure your charitable donations end up helping those who truly need it: the Homeless Outreach Service Team (HOST).
"When you give to HOST, the money goes to partners who work day in, day out, to provide meaningful services to our homeless population," Burbank stated Friday. "Our hope is the public will understand that money given to the HOST program does much more to end homelessness than giving to individual panhandlers."