California city to pay homeless $15 per hour to pick up street trash

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Piles of rubbish gathers on the streets of Handsworth as bin collections fall behind schedule after the Christmas holidays on January 4, 2011 in Birmingham, England. Birmingham City council have brought in casual workers to help clear the backlog of domestic rubbish. The service has been been made worse in […]

The City of San Jose has announced a unique program to deal with the growing, unsightly problem of litter and trash in the streets.

San Jose has identified some 40 trash hot spots in the city that will soon be cleaned up by homeless people.

Twenty-five homeless people will be hired by the city to pick up litter as part of the Beautify San Jose program. The partnership between the city, Downtown Streets Team, and Goodwill were announced Thursday by Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Much, but not all of the trash and junk on city streets and along creeks, is generated by homeless camps. The idea is to offer the homeless an opportunity to be part of the solution.

It may also be a way for homeless people to transition to a path off the streets and into self-sufficiency, says Goodwill’s Trish Dorsey.

The job pays $15 dollars per hour. Those hired will work 4-5 hours every day.

The program kicks off next month.

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