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L.A. City Council Members Want to Pay the Homeless for Trash Cleanup

Members of the Los Angeles City Council are considering setting up a pilot program to hire homeless individuals to be part of crews that clean up trash and litter in public areas.

In an effort to make the City of Los Angeles cleaner and to reduce the amount of complaints made by residents, three members of the Los Angeles City Council are considering setting up a pilot program to hire homeless individuals to be part of crews that clean up trash and litter in public areas throughout the city.

For the pilot program, the city could contract with social justice organizations to conduct outreach and to recruit people who are homeless, or considered hard to employ, to assist with cleanup in various areas around the city.

Los Angeles Daily News has more information:

A trio of Los Angeles City Council members from the Harbor Area and the San Fernando Valley proposed a plan Friday aimed at clearing away the mountains of trash that have cropped up on city streets, sidewalks and alleyways. And they are hoping the city’s homeless will step up to help clean it up.

The presence of trash throughout the city has grown into a huge task, with an average of 200 complaints coming in per day demanding that the rubbish be picked up, according to council members Joe Buscaino, Bob Blumenfield and Nury Martinez.

As some are blaming homeless encampments for exacerbating the trash issue, the trio of city leaders said Friday they want to set up a “pilot program” to hire homeless individuals to be part of crews that clean up trash and litter in public areas.

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