Calgary Parking Authority

Calgary Parking Authority

June 06, 2012 12:30 ET

Calgary Parking Authority Launches Calgary's Road Home

A program to help Calgary's homeless and hungry

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 6, 2012) - The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) along with the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the Calgary Food Bank is launching Calgary's Road Home. Donations are collected using curbside ParkPlus pay machines and ParkPlus cell phone accounts. One hundred per cent of donations go directly to the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Calgary Food Bank to provide meals, housing and other programs to Calgary's homeless and hungry.

"The CPA is proud to launch Calgary's Road Home as an effective way to donate on-street to help support the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the Calgary Food Bank," said General Manager Troy McLeod. "We're asking Calgarians to donate to this program and support two charities who help thousands of Calgarians in need."

Calgarians can donate to the program by using zone number 4663 (HOME) for the Homeless Foundation and zone 3663 (FOOD) for the Food Bank. In the upcoming weeks, all curbside ParkPlus machines in Calgary will allow donations of $0.25 to $5 by coin or credit card.

Calgarians can currently donate through ParkPlus machines located between 8 Street SW and 1 St SE and between 3 Ave SW and 9 Ave SW. ParkPlus cell phone account holders can donate $5 at any time by activating a parking session using zone 4663 or 3663.

"We know Calgarians are generous and want to help those in need," said James McAra, CEO, Calgary Food Bank. "For every dollar donated to the Food Bank we can provide $4 worth of quality food and continue our work toward a hunger-free Calgary."

To kick off the program, 10 parking meters have been refurbished as donation meters to collect spare change for the Food Bank and Homeless Foundation. The donation meters are installed on Stephen Avenue and Barclay Street and Calgarians are invited to donate their spare change during the two weeks they'll be on display.

"A few cities in the U.S. have raised money for ending homelessness using parking meters, so it is great to see Calgary also taking on this innovative approach," said Tim Richter, President and CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation. "Instead of feeling awkward walking past panhandlers, now Calgarians can put their change into the meter and know their donation is going directly to support the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Calgary."

Calgarians are invited to visit http://www.calgaryparking.com/web/guest/calgarysroadhome to learn more about Calgary's Road Home including how to donate.

About the Calgary Parking Authority

The Calgary Parking Authority fulfills the City of Calgary's parking mandates and implements the municipality's parking policies by managing on and off-street public parking facilities, enforcement programs and by providing parking advisory services.

Each year the Calgary Parking Authority contributes a portion of its net revenue to the City of Calgary. In 2011 CPA contributed $19.5M in revenue and $7.5M in municipal taxes to the City. In addition, the CPA spends $1M administering the residential parking permit program at no cost to taxpayers and operates parking enforcement services and the municipal impound lot.

The Authority operates without using any municipal tax revenues.

About the Calgary Homeless Foundation

The Calgary Homeless Foundation works in partnership with the many homeless serving agencies, the private sector, government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary.

About the Calgary Food Bank

The Calgary Food Bank is an emergency food distribution hub that gathers and distributes quality emergency food to individual Calgarians and the agencies that serve them.

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