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San Diego pays homeless people to pick up trash in new program
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Fox News

Fox News, February 27, 2018
Posted: March 18th, 2018

San Diego officials are putting homeless people back on the street - but this time to pay them to pick up trash as part of a new program that launched Monday. The homeless people, who are staying at the citys tented shelters, will be cleaning up trash and clearing brush in downtown San Diego for five hours a day. The program, called Alphas Projects Wheels of Change, will pay participants $11.50 an hour. [They are] expected to hold cleaning shifts three days a week. This is all about creating more opportunities for homeless individuals to lift themselves out of extreme poverty, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. Wheels for Change will help restore dignity by allowing people to earn a paycheck and begin to get back on their feet. For many, this may be just the chance they need to begin turning their lives around. Program participants will also receive access to housing resources. Homeless people [said] they liked the work. Its better than sitting in a tent all day, Edwin Fisk ... said. It gives us something to do, you know? And you make money. Who wouldnt want to do that? Nichole Hill, who has been homeless for 18 months, also said: I get to give back to the community and have some extra money to get around. The new program follows similar ones that were launched in Chicago, Denver and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where it was first implemented.

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