PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence has collected about $900 since it spent approximately $10,000 seven months ago to install orange “giving meters” designed to help people support the homeless.

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza says the 10 donation stations have brought in $904.63, which includes credit card contributions made at the meters and donations online at, alongside cash and coin payments.

WPRI-TV reports the 10 giving meters cost $55 a month to maintain.

Elorza made a $100 donation when the first meter was unveiled in September 2017. Giving meters originated in Denver in 2007 and success varies from city to city.

Proceeds will be donated to organizations that help “individuals experiencing homelessness.”

The mayor’s spokesman says a city commission will meet soon to discuss potential recipients for donations.

Information from: WPRI-TV,