Parking meters transformed into donation meters

(Provided Photo/Know Outlets)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new campaign kicks off Friday to help the city’s homeless.

Park Indy has donated old, refurbished parking meters to the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) to collect donations in locations throughout downtown.

Local retailers and businesses are also taking part — displaying information about how people can donate and where the money will go.

The initiative is called Know Outlets.

“This is an easy way for the city to get behind really making a huge impact in solving homelessness in Indianapolis,” said Christy Shepard, executive director of CHIP. “We will educate downtown Indy residents, workers and visitors on the great resources already serving our homeless neighbors and offer easy ways to support these resources, their charitable giving while also demonstrating the impact of those gifts.”

Local businesses are also encouraged to get involved through sponsorships.

The money raised by the campaign will go to the Indianapolis Professional Blended Street Outreach Team. The team represents more than 40 professionals from 16 service provider organizations representing health care, social services and housing.

Shepard said those teams have outreach workers who are on the streets to help the homeless with everything from hygiene kits to hats and gloves. They work to eventually get the homeless into a home, too.

“Substance-abuse treatment costs, connecting with family members, helping navigate through payments with her certificates, identification, all those things that are barriers for these individuals to get into housing,” said Shepard.

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