In late October, I wrote about the solar-powered red parking meters, converted to accept donations, that were installed in three locations in Horton Plaza. Part of the campaign to end homelessness in Downtown San Diego, money collected from the meters funds "move-in kits"—bedding, toiletries, kitchen supplies and basic furniture—for folks moving off the street and into permanent supportive housing (housing that's combined with a variety of social services).
The goal was to raise $1,000 by the holidays, enough to fund one kit. But, the program's raised only $350 so far (the meters take change and credit cards).
The San Diego Downtown Partnership, which is overseeing the "Movin' Home" parking-meter program, announced today that SDG&E made a $2,500 contribution, bringing the donation total to $2,850—almost enough for three kits.
If you're hitting up Horton Plaza in the next few days, empty out the change in your ashtray. The meters are located near the Lyceum Theatre (next to the Levi's store) and at the First and Fourth avenue entrances to Horton Plaza.
Partnership spokesperson Erica Holloway said the Irvine Company plans to sponsor four more parking meters. Denver, the first city to launch a parking-meter program, raises roughly $100,000 from 86 meters for its ending-homelessness campaign.