More meters on Westside for homeless programs

       More “miracle meters” for the homeless have appeared in Westside venues. Since the first five appeared in stores on this side of town last fall, Old Colorado City Library and the Envi and Touch of Class stores have each added one.

Three former parking meters, customized for aesthetics and to accept donations for homeless-aid programs, recently added to those already in Westside establishments... FAR LEFT: the Envi retail store. MIDDLE: The Old Colorado City Library. RIGHT Touch of Class gift shop.
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       The artistically restored former parking meters provide opportunities for people to donate money and have it go to agencies with programs geared to get people off the streets and into useful lives.
       The volunteer meter effort, which started last year, is overseen by Homeward Pikes Peak, the city's umbrella agency for helping people out of homelessness. Its director, Bob Holmes, said this week that the public response so far has been “better than expected.”
       His initial hope was that each meter could bring in $5 a week, with money from all meters contributing $26,000 a year. The money is specifically targeted to case management for getting chronically homeless individuals into stable living situations, at a cost of $3,000 per person per year (as opposed to a $55,000 if that person was living by the creek).
       Holmes added that 27 of the 100 meters, each one decorated differently, are still available. There is no charge to take one. For more information, call Holmes at 955- 0731.

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