May 24, 2010 8:42 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Homeless meters spreading from Colorado

You may have noticed them inside the terminal at DIA. Standard parking meters--with all money going to help the homeless. They're also scattered around Denver.

The idea is spreading.

Springfield, Oregon is the latest city to install them.

City Councilor Terri Leezer is the driving force behind the fundraising effort that got under way Friday. Leezer says a 50-cent donation to one of the meters buys a homeless person a shower, $1 provides a hot meal, $3 means a bus pass and a $5 donation translates to a sleeping bag purchase.

A homelessness commission report in Denver found that in the first 18 months the meter project led to a 92 percent reduction in the number of panhandlers in the downtown improvement district.


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