San Jose has started a program where they’ll start paying Homeless people to pick up trash around the City.
The program was started to help get people on their feet, and try and get rid of the homeless population little by little.
Mayor Sam Liccardo announced at a news conference that the city will be funding the jobs with a $200,000 grant.
The jobs will start at $15 an hour, for about 5 hours a day and will start with about 25 people to pick up trash. The program is simply first testing out how well it will go, and the program will then expand across the city and state. They’ll be picking up garbage at around 40 hotspots that are mapped out near U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate Highways 880 and 680, in addition to major thoroughfares like Capitol Expressway and Story, Tully and Senter Roads.
Mayor Liccardo said
“Today we’re going to change the narrative from dismissing our homeless residents as part of the problem, to embracing the opportunity for them to part of the solution, both for themselves and for our community,”
A woman named Mercy Wong, 63 years old, has been living in San Jose for 24 years. She’s recently been living on the streets for 5 months while looking for housing. As she’s homeless, she’s currently working on her application to be among the first people to participate in the program.