Another Parking Meter donation approach surfaces, with follow-up to a panhandling epidemic, but we ask where should the funds raised be deployed? | Ending homelessness in San Luis Obispo | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles


Using old parking meters for collecting donations to defer money given to panhandlers to social services is not new.

The visible signs of panhandling!

Many communities have taken this approach, with some being very successful & creative at the same time!

Nashville comes to mind as a more recent effort where design contests were held & the community engaged productively to put together a program that would address the needs of the community.

Here is a quote from a recent article that just came across our daily reading alerts.

They are trying to mimic the success in San Diego & are willing to take it to the next level relating to the panhandling & homeless arrest rates there in San Luis Obispo.

They call for a follow-up approach to the high number of tickets that are in the “system” with the creation of a “homeless court”!

We have seen other communities that have accomplished great things & we’ll write more about that later as the approach to a specialized court has the potential to be a place of outreach for a Housing First initiative too!

He said the next step is fixing the justice system, because as it stands, when a transient gets a ticket for an infraction, like being drunk in public, urinating in public, or aggressively panhandling, the ticket often slides through the system. Gesell said some repeat offenders have dozens of tickets, and they have never made a court appearance.

“There is talk of creating a homeless court, which would focus on our chronic offenders, and we would send them to a commissioner,” said Gesell.

We are also very interested in the direction (which programs they support) of funds raised by such a parking meter program though!

As you may imagine, we are NOT interested in supporting the funds being put to use to grow the same systems of services which are for the most part FAILING to meet the need of this specialized population of homeless folks!

A Housing FIrst campaign & solution is the most productive use of those funds & we call for measured consideration of such a dedicated use of those funds!

via Ending homelessness in San Luis Obispo | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles.

via Another Parking Meter donation approach surfaces, with follow-up to a panhandling epidemic, but we ask where should the funds raised be deployed? | Ending homelessness in San Luis Obispo | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles.

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3 thoughts on “Another Parking Meter donation approach surfaces, with follow-up to a panhandling epidemic, but we ask where should the funds raised be deployed? | Ending homelessness in San Luis Obispo | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles

  1. endtimepoetry

    Panhandling is not something to be destroyed. Its the only way the majority of the money goes to the recipient for them to control. I appreciate what some of the NGOs and Inter-faith ministries are trying to do, in some ways – but for instance in the case of homelessness (remember not all panhandlers are homeless, and many homeless work) why do I want to go support organizations that kick people out of overflow shelters because its 38 degrees again, or after 90 days their time is up, or split up families more than already split up. And so we address but the (presumed not necessarily) chronically homeless panhandler will use the majority of the money for drugs and alcohol. Well this used to bother me more, but the mental health system is failing more and more. In my state North Carolina, firms which will provide medication adjustment to clients with public insurance are disappearing, leaving behind only the ones that do CST (community support team) which will only give you services for 6 mo. but collect more money for providing supposed wrap-around services by a team approach which actually provides the same or less amount of care by creative hidden failures and neglect, then after blocking the client from getting the missing services piece meal elsewhere because they are billing them for everything already even if its not actually provided, then dumps them from medication management for half the year into a an environment which will deny them their medication until they have a crisis such as incarceration or hospitalization; or there is the ACTT services which is the same thing for homeless people and does go all year, so again the message is that if you stay in crisis such as homelessness, so that they can count you in the various programs, but you could never get well enough to be where you have a stable home for a family life, then you can keep getting care;So when one examines the system is moving more and more towards client retention by keeping them in cyclical crisis or stagnant growth, then just seeing the intentions of ignorant but well meaning volunteers and financial contributors doesn’t meant then one realizes that a hand up not a hand out mottos and mission statements are just PR, and self-medicating behavior seems unfortunate, I recommend sobriety, it works for me,, but understandable. Seems the same jerks going around saying get a job, etc (are they blind to the last 5 years of disastrous economic trends, that means there is virtually no demand on the bottom, especially for those with criminal history and mental health) it seams those jerks are high and drunk, and they have jobs so why are they wallowing in their PBR or 40z bottle. Seems those with dual-diagnosis and other issues are wise to take to the streets and take charity into their own hands. I admire and encourage with real information every individual who takes it upon themselves a better life, occasionally but less often I”ve seen it happen through the help organizations, but usually its been someone who had an amazing miracle from God. If you really examine whats behind the Gov’t/NGO/Ecumenical ministry mafia, and what effect it has on their clients, its likely you might want to break into those parking meters, take the money and give it to Joe with the alcohol shakes by the convenience store, get him a pack a smokes, and extra tenner so he can put a rock in with his blunt today, because the way things are going most likely that’s only enjoyment Joe is going to see. 

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    1. homelessnessinsavannah Post author

      Thanks for those real life examples of issues in the “system”! We see them too & actually the approach we’re suggesting is that the money collected be used by NEW programs o target the exact issues you bring up! It seems we have more in common in our understanding & view of need for better approaches.

      We do have a much broader vision than was able to be shared on this one blog post for sure.

      We believe the new solutions will have a much better outreach program & the solutions will be housing first oriented with much better wrap around services than you have seen – not govt funded & coming from the perspective of no pit parties allowed, you invest in your own life & we will be there for you, with you & so will a community of like minded people working thru your recovery & renewal with you as they work thru theirs!

      Ours will be 100khomes on steroids! The wrap around services that many 100Khomes communities use aren’t as innovative as they could be & rely on existing services infrastructures. We are not reinventing the wheel but developing a new, client centered wheel & collection of group & individual counseling that supports healing & is targeted at recovery not sobriety to get our services or housing!

      I hope that helps you understand a little better our perspective!

      BTW, please email us – we have a NC history & interest & would like to connect for more discussion of the things you’re seeing in NC too! email: homelessnessinsavannah@gmail.com – please see http://homelessnessinsavannah.org/what-we-do.html for more info on our advocacy efforts in Savannah!

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