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Some parking meters in Pasadena are repurposed to help homeless

A shot of the donation meter at Paseo Mall in Pasadena. The new meters accept change and credit card donations that will go to services that help the homeless.
A shot of the donation meter at Paseo Mall in Pasadena. The new meters accept change and credit card donations that will go to services that help the homeless.
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Got any spare change? Starting Wednesday, you can help the homeless in Pasadena by feeding a meter.

“They are re-purposed parking meters,” said Jaylene Moseley, president of the non-profit Flintridge Center, which is running the new program. “They are parking meters that are bright orange and they have a happy face on them.” 

The former parking meters will accept change and credit card donations. “It’s an alternative to supporting pan handling, which research shows is typically used for negative purposes,” Moseley said. “Community members will know when they make donations to these meters that 100 percent of the funds will go to housing solutions for the homeless.” 

The donation meter program is the first of its kind in LA County and has been dubbed the Real Change Movement

The locations are:

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Locations on map are approximate.

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles will supplement the donations collected in the meters with additional contributions and distribute the funds to agencies that serve the homeless.

Similar programs have been up and running in Denver, San Luis Obispo and San Diego.

Kelly Knight is the  homeless outreach supervisor for the Downtown San Diego Partnership Clean and Safe program. Her group has had 21 donation meters in downtown San Diego area for nearly two years.

“It’s not a huge money maker but it’s a great educational tool,” she said. “We make about $300 a month from the meters, and we’ve had other larger donations come from having the meters [...] We are a tourist city. People come here and they enjoy our beautiful city. And they see someone asking for money, and it pulls at their heartstrings. The meters give them an option."