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Repurposed parking meters collect spare change to fight homelessness

WISN Milwaukee logo WISN Milwaukee 9/14/2017
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In Milwaukee and cities around the country, municipal officials on Wednesday unveiled repurposed parking meters that will collect coin donations specifically intended to end chronic homelessness.

Washington, D.C., Denver, Indianapolis and Detroit are among the major cities launching similar initiatives.

"Milwaukee is going to end chronic homelessness faster than any municipality of our size. And that's something to be proud of," Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said.

Milwaukee's seven meters -- dubbed Key to Change -- will further the mission of Milwaukee County Housing Division’s Housing First project – an initiative that recognizes housing as the first step toward stabilization. Stable living conditions are then complemented by wraparound services, which range from rehabilitation and counseling to job training and placement.

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