SF to install meters for the homeless

May 13, 2008 6:39:42 AM PDT
San Francisco officials are about to offer people a new way to help the homeless. Instead of tossing change into a panhandler's empty cup, officials want you to put it into a homeless meter.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city will install 10 old parking meters in some of the most heavily panhandled areas, such as Market Street and Van Ness Avenue.

Officials say the money will go directly to charities that help the homeless. The goal is to reduce panhandling and to educate tourists and residents about the problem with giving money directly to people on the streets.