If you’d like to offer a real life change to someone in need, contribute to one of the following service providers:
Regional Commission on Homelessness
c/o the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
100 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Donate now to the United Way
Gateway 24/7 Homeless Services Center
275 Pryor Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
To make a donation to Gateway 24/7 contact Vince Smith, Executive Director at
404-215-6601 or mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Special “Giving Meters” are also available to deposit change you might ordinarily give directly to a panhandler. It’s a better way to help. All proceeds will be given to agencies that provide comprehensive services for those who are truly in need.
Q&A About Panhandling Prevention Giving Meters
What are the giving meters and their purpose?
The giving meters are refitted parking meters located throughout the city that provide an outlet for people to give their spare change and have it go directly to organizations that help the homeless, rather than giving change to panhandlers because a) the panhandlers may not be homeless and b) if they are, giving them spare change is not what will get them into housing.
Where does the money go?
100% of the money collected will go towards organizations that aid the homeless, like United Way’s Regional Commission on Homelessness and the Gateway 24/7 Homeless Services Center.
How many meters are currently in Atlanta and where are they located?
There are currently 15 meters in Atlanta in the following locations
Who controls the meters?
The meters will be installed and managed by the City of Atlanta’s Public Works department. One hundred percent of the money collected will be distributed among established organizations within the city of Atlanta who serve the homeless.
How often are the meters serviced?
The Giving meters will be serviced according to the City’s established parking meter management schedule.
Has this system been proven to work elsewhere?
Yes, this system has proven successful in numerous cities throughout the country, including Athens, Ga., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Denver, Colo.