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Parking meters giving change to homeless

Posted at 10:04 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 21:06:31-04

You may see some new parking meters on the streets in downtown. But they're not for cars--they're part of the city's campaign to fight homelessness.

These meters will take your change and turn it into a paycheck for a homeless person participating in the Tucson Homeless Work Program.

The Tucson Change Movement will unveil 20 refinished parking meters around Fourth Avenue and downtown Wednesday where you can make a donation in cash or by debit or credit card. You can also donate online HERE.

The idea was to make helping the homeless in our community easier and to ensure the money would be used the right way.

Donations to the homeless work program allow homeless people to join a day-labor crew to clean streets and medians in five-hour shifts for $10 an hour in cash. Participants also get a meal and a shower.

This has been a project months in the making, and the meters will eventually be used to fund other homeless initiatives as well.

Would you like to request a meter near your business? Click HERE.

Find existing meter locations HERE.