No doubt some US city has major homeless issues. California is practically swimming in the trash and human excrement caused by their homeless issues caused by their liberal leadership. But what’s the solution?
A Democrat in Arkansas doesn’t want to see his city become the next filthy haven to fall behind California and proposed paying the homeless to clean the streets. The idea is that by giving the homeless a living wage the city would kill two birds with one stone- clean the streets and hopefully get some of their homeless off of them
According to Fox Business, the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, has come up with a unique way to address issues with both its homeless community as well as trash in its streets, and the results have been successful.
The Bridge to Work program, which began in April, pays members of the homeless community $9.25 an hour to clean up litter from its city streets. That’s more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
The program was initially supposed to last only six months, but Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said last month he would push to extend it through the end of September 2020.
The City of Little Rock spent $80,000 on the program’s first six months, 12 News Now reports. The program has been run by Canvas Community Church.
Although the past five months have boasted many high points, there is still a need for volunteers to spend time with the homeless participants in an effort to have them feel a part of something they may not have felt in a while: a sense of community.
“To make the program bigger and better, we do need folks to walk with our friends on a one-on-one basis,” Atkins said. “I hesitate to call it a mentor thing, cause you’ll probably learn as much as you teach.
“You know, that’s the kind of thing that you and I probably had from our families, and churches and synagogues and schools. You know, we had it all around us, and that kept holding us up and pushing us forward. Our people have lost that, either because they did something to burn a bridge, or the bridge just fell in behind them, and they just need that extra support.”
It’s not without flaws. The expensive program reportedly is taxing local big businesses to help fund their efforts. However, they do offer both housing solutions and work programs to reintegrate the participants into society.
The question is, would something like this work in California where their number of homeless topples the national average? Let us know what you think in the comments below.