AUBURN, Calif. -- The city of Auburn is taking action to reduce panhandling and help those in need.

Police Chief John Ruffcorn today joined volunteers passing out pocket guides offering solutions to a panhandling problem that more and more people are complaining about.

"It just tells people where the services are available so they can hand them out the window to the panhandler, who if they do need food, where they can find food," Ruffcorn said.

Chief Ruffcorn says, while many people think they're doing a good deed by giving money to a person on the street, that's not necessarily the case.

"If you follow those dollars that are being handed out they are going to purchase drugs and alcohol, which is creating a larger problem," Ruffcorn said.

The pocket guides also provide information on community organizations that need donations to provide services to the homeless.