A lot of roads in our state (Florida, US) have signs under them saying they're maintained by "ABC Company" to keep the state clean. It's a win-win situation, the companies get free-advertising and the public gets clean roadways.
This idea is a variation on that theme. Local panhandlers, and there are quite a few of them around here, could put in a claim for a section of road the same way that companies do. Once a claim was granted it would be up to, let's say Bob, to keep his paticular road and its shoulders clean. If he asks you for some spare change when you're stopped at a light you could take a quick look around and see if he deserves a donation. Along with making your city a cleaner place to live this could decrease both the cost of keeping the roads clean for municipalities and the number of panhandlers drivers have to deal with.