- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven is trying to combat panhandling and homelessness by placing colorful meters around the city where pedestrians can donate money using coins and credit cards.

City officials gathered on Monday to launch the Give Change to Make Change campaign.

The New Haven Register reports the New Haven Free Public Library will collect the money. Officials say it’ll then be distributed to groups dedicated to ending homelessness.

The goal is to deter people from panhandling.

Four meters have been installed. The city is asking the public for suggestions on where to place six more planned meters.

Officials say the campaign is modeled after a similar program in Albuquerque (AL’-buh-kur-kee), New Mexico.

Other cities are also using meters to raise money for the homeless.

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