The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association is working in partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo and United Way of San Luis Obispo County to create awareness about the negative impacts of panhandling and provide an alternative through donation stations.
The objective of this initiative is to reduce panhandling throughout the City of San Luis Obispo through implementation of a program that provides an opportunity for the general public to donate and help the homeless in a positive way, insuring that the donations are used productively for homeless services rather than enabling behaviors that are destructive to both the individual and community. This two-year pilot program will use recycled parking meters and re-purposing them to be used as donation meters throughout Downtown and will be paired with a public awareness campaign.
Donation Meter Locations:
- Chorro Street at Marsh Street Parking Structure sponsored by those who believe, “Compassion Leads to Opportunity”
- Broad Street at Marsh Street sponsored by Mayor Jan Marx
- Higuera Street at Chorro Street sponsored by The Wineman Building, LLC
- Higuera Street at Osos Street sponsored by Eric Meyer
- Monterey Street at Chorro Street (Mission Plaza entrance) sponsored by Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak
- Higuera Street at Court Street sponsored by Copeland Properties
- Higuera Street at Downtown Centre sponsored by Copeland Properties
Please click here to see a map of where you can find the location of each of these donation meters in our Downtown and put your pocket change or credit cards to work to “Make Change Count.”
Donation Meter Station Sponsorship Opportunities
If you are interested in becoming a donation meter sponsor, please call United Way at (805)541-1234 or click here for more information.
Community Awareness & Coordinated Responses – build community awareness and support for coordinated responses to reduce homelessness
Enhance Public Safety – Improve public safety by reducing the number of program resistant individuals that support their life styles and addictions through panhandling.
Services – Provide better access to supportive services that promote long-term stability and improved functioning
Postcards and posters are available in our office (1108 Garden Street, Suite 210) or click here to download poster.
Direct donations can be submitted through the United Way here.
Special Thanks to:
We would like to thank the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors for their $2,250 Community Grant to assist with the implementation of the Donation Station campaign and the Make Change Count program, and a special thanks to Supervisor Gibson – District 2, Supervisor Hill – District 3, Supervisor Arnold – District 5 for their support.