Drivers receiving parking tickets for the remainder of December now have two options for paying — send it to city hall, or earmark it for a donation to a local housing campaign.
All of those receiving parking tickets between Dec. 12 and 31 can choose to donate their fine to 100 Homes Penticton, which is attempting to provide housing and supports to 100 people by July 2018.
“Effective solutions to our region’s homeless challenges are an ongoing concern regardless of the time of year,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit in a news release. “This holiday season the City of Penticton’s bylaw services department wants you to help pay it forward by helping 100 Homes Penticton reach their goal of supporting 100 people by July 2018.”
Tanya Behardien, 100 Homes Penticton chair, said the project is a good way to channel the generous nature of Penticton residents.
“Our projects offer much-needed access to housing for individuals in very vulnerable situations,” she said. “(Having) somewhere to live is that first step in people feeling they can keep moving forward.”
Anyone who wishes to donate the amount of the fine can bring their ticket to city hall and speak to a cashier or bylaw staff.
After paying the fine, the cashier will deposit the money into a 100 Homes work order, and staff will arrange for all money donated to be sent to 100 Homes Penticton by cheque after Dec. 31.