Parking Meters Aren’t Going to Fix Homelessness

Not Long Term Solution to Issue

 Parking Meters Aren’t Going to Fix HomelessnessOn September 16, 2014, Time magazine recently reported on initiatives across the country to raise money to use retrofitted parking meter help the homeless.

In Pasadena, CA, Orlando and Denver, these fundraising efforts have had varying effect.

Denver, a city that has a clear plan for ending homelessness has seen the most success, raising from $3,000 to $6,500 per year for the past seven years.

Pasadena recently installed the meters and while they have initially raised over $200, the long-term results remain to be seen.

And the installation of the meters in cities that are aggressive about deterring panhandling raises concerns from advocates.

“’It’s a way to possibly reduce panhandling,’” says Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor who studies homelessness, adding that he doesn’t see much substantive impact from the meters on truly solving the problem of homelessness in those cities.”

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