Parking fines help homeless

Fines for bad parking habits issued in December contributed more than $700 towards helping house the homeless in Penticton 

Drivers had the option of donating their fines from parking tickets to 100 Homes Penticton, from Dec. 12 to Dec. 31.

The initiative raised $720, city staff said on Wednesday.

“While paying for parking tickets is never a joyous occasion, we are thankful for those motorists who took up our offer to direct money collected through parking and traffic fines towards this important cause”, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said in a news release.

The local campaign 100 Homes Penticton is looking to provide housing to 100 people in the city by July. It's part of the national campaign 20,000 Homes, which is run by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.

“The work being undertaken by 100 Homes Penticton is one of the active solutions to address homelessness and housing in our community," Jakubeit said.

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