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Kindness meter on the move

Penticton city staff have moved the kindness meter a block down Main Street, from the breezeway on the 200 block to in front of city hall.

City manager Peter Weeber said the 100 block is a higher-traffic area for the meter.

"Where it was with two garbage cans in front of it wasn't the most pleasant place for it," he said.

Garbage cans were installed in the breezeway by the city last month, a common location for panhandling.

Funds from the kindness meter directly benefit 100 Homes Penticton, a non-profit program that began in the fall of 2016 with a goal to help house 100 homeless residents by July of 2018.

Weeber added the electrical box next to the new location will be wrapped with information on 100 Homes. In February, the program's chair said they have helped house 57 people to date.

The meter was first installed in March of 2017. Similar mechanisms exist in Vernon.



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