Parking meters in Southern California now collect coins for homeless

parking meters in Southern California

The parking meters in Southern California have undergone changes; the funds collected are now used for a great cause – housing the homeless. The six new colorful ‘parking meters’ collect coins for the Skid Row-based charity C3 – a nonprofit dedicated to pairing homeless residents with housing.

The initiative was introduced and approved by the city five years ago. In addition to raising valuable funds for rough sleepers living in poverty, legislators hope that the campaign will possibly curb aggressive panhandling.

The meters will also raise money for C3 through sponsorship costing $3,500. The machines, which were donated, will cost $5,000 to operate and maintain, but generate $21,000 from annual sponsorship, producing at least $16,000 for the outreach program, plus any money collected from the public.