Albuquerque NM has tried a plan to “employ” the homeless as day laborers at $9 per hour cash, picking up trash on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A van drives around the areas of the greatest panhandling and is able to fill it every day of the program, which started in September.
Albuquerque has about 1200 homeless.
This sounded like a city-funded program. It’s pretty easy to imagine it as a philanthropy. But critics will say this is no substitute for real employment.
Aerial view of Albuquerque, Wikipedia attribution, by Joe Mabel, under Creative Commons 3.0 Share-Alike License.