PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence’s giving meters have collected more than $500 for organizations helping the homeless since the meters were unveiled by Mayor Jorge Elorza two months ago.

Emily Cromwell, a spokeswoman for the Democratic mayor, tells WPRI-TV that the city’s nine giving meters have received $200 in coin donations and another $306 through credit cards at the meters and online at .

The giving meter program was launched in part to limit panhandling in Providence.

Proceeds will be donated to organizations working to help homeless individuals. A commission will review applications and make twice-yearly donation recommendations.

The city says the meters cost about $1,000 each to install.

Elorza says the city does not have a goal for how much it expects to receive in donations.

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