WPB Recaptured Meter Time Revenue Donated to Support Homelessness Prevention Initiatives
$15,000 dollars of recaptured meter time revenue goes to the Department of Housing and Community Development.
West Palm Beach, Fla. (September 16, 2019) – On Monday, September 9, 2019, the City of West Palm Beach authorized the allocation of $15,000 of recaptured meter time revenue to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The funds originating from the City’s Parking Administration Department are earmarked specifically for support of the City’s many homelessness prevention initiatives. The allocation, capped at $15,000, received unanimous approval from the City Commission and is one of several ways the City funds its many programming and services addressing the issue of homelessness. Of note, the City’s on-street homeless population declined 24% in the past year, according to a January “point-in-time” count conducted by Palm Beach County.
Established in 2018, the City’s “Recaptured Meter Time Revenue” program involves an annual donation by Parking Administration to HCD, which strives to improve the quality of life of City residents through the development of housing, social and economic opportunities. The donation is the aggregate of all sensor-enabled meter time that goes unused by its purchasers. There are more than 400 sensor enabled street meters in the City which can detect the arrival and departure of vehicles. These meters are programmed to clear any remaining time balance when the first car leaves and the next car parks and, then, earmark that balance for donation. The recaptured funds are donated annually with a goal to positively impact various City homelessness prevention initiatives. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $27,000 in support of homelessness prevention initiatives.
The sensor-enabled meters, which can track how long cars stay at each meter, are optimal for municipalities that are increasingly relying on data to make decisions about future demands and how to meet them. The City of West Palm Beach continues to place a focus on parking improvements, most notably with respect to safety, security and availability. Replacement of the older-style meters will help the City manage availability, as the data insights are expected to drive decisions. The data will also reflect the recaptured time, which will continue to be donated to HCD. As more meters are replaced, the City anticipates an annual increase in donations.
There are more than 4,000 public parking spaces administrated by the City of West Palm Beach. These options include 1,600 on-street metered spaces, 200 surface lot spaces, and five parking garages.
The West Palm Beach Parking Administration office is located at 500 Banyan Blvd. For more information about available parking in West Palm Beach, or to review frequently asked questions, visit wpb.org/parking, call (561) 822-1500 (TTY 800-955-8771) or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch. Staff is available and happy to answer questions, review citations, and accept payment for citations Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.