Remember the Providence giving meters? They aren’t raking it in.
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It has been nearly two years since Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza launched the PVD Gives program in an attempt to curb panhandling, urging residents to donate spare change to 10 orange giving meters that were installed in high pedestrian-traffic areas around the city.
Elorza promised the proceeds from the donation stations would go to service providers that support the homeless and other needy individuals.
So how much money has the program generated so far?
A little less than four bucks a day.
A spokesperson for the city confirmed last week the meters brought in $2,739 between September 7, 2017, and August 1, 2019, which equals $3.95 per day. That included the $100 Elorza donated himself on the first day of the program.
Each meter cost $1,000 to install, so if the current pace holds, the city would break even by March 2025.
As for the donations, the city hasn’t awarded any of the money to outside organizations yet. A five-member volunteer commission appointed by the mayor and City Council president is supposed to meet at least twice a year, but it’s unclear the last time a meeting was scheduled.
A spokesperson for Elorza said he doesn’t have a timeline for when the donations will be made, but “we are encouraged by the support for the program by those who have contributed.”
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