Wellington City councillors are looking at ways to ensure money given to homeless people goes to the right place.

An increase in street begging has been noted by the council, and ideas being developed to help them include an app for smartphones, and brightly coloured drop boxes in the street for coins.

Councillor for Lambton Ward, Stephanie Cook, says too often money given directly to homeless people goes towards alcohol or gambling.

"Instead of giving money directly to the people who are begging, it's ways of being able to give money to the organisations who are going to help them in a constructive way."

Stephanie Cook says a campaign educating people on how to help the homeless will be launched on July 1st.