On April 3, 2018, the city of Rome announced in a press release that its agreement with Caritas Rome is extended until the end of the year 2018.
The charitable organization is thus sure of receiving the coins from the Trevi Fountain this year. It will be able to use the one-and-a-half million euros’ worth of coins thrown into the famous fountain every year to help the poorest of the poor.
“Through this decision, the Municipal Council of Rome recognizes the usefulness and importance of Catholic charity in the City in reaching and relieving all forms of poverty,” declared the director of Caritas Rome, Monsignor Enrico Feroci. Particularly “the homeless, the elderly, migrants and families with difficulties[.] Without realizing it, tourists are the protagonists of change for the city’s poor.”
Faced with financial difficulties, the city does, however, plan to use this money for other “assistance and solidarity” projects run by the city. Which raises a doubt as to how long Caritas will be able to continue its action.