In Los Angeles, homelessness is a chronic problem. Fortunately, city leaders are developing new strategies that will empower residents and visitors to LA to contribute to the effort to lift people out of homelessness and help people in need get back on their feet.
Government leaders in LA are about to launch a new program whereby people in Downtown LA can donate directly to a homeless-outreach program, through a surprising receptacle: their parking meters.
The new meters will be equipped to take donations via cash or via credit cards, making contributions incredibly easy. They'll also be virtually identical to a standard meter, but painted in bright orange and set back from the street to make clear that they serve a slightly different purpose.
All donations accepted at the meters will go directly to a local program called C3, which stands for City, County, Community, and which provides outreach to residents experiencing homelessness in order to help them find housing. C3 represents a bit of an experiment in terms of programs designed to reduce homelessness, in that it combines the expertise of mental health professionals, substance abuse experts, and volunteers like those from Americorps.
With an innovative system collecting funds for an innovative program, LA is demonstrating a real commitment to getting its residents compassionate help and care, and ultimately lifting them out of homelessness for good.
To learn more about the parking meter program and about C3, read up on LA Curbed and on HuffPost. Photo via LA Curbed.
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