Here at LwC, it’s rare you see the word “California” not followed by “is a steaming pit of suck.” Every day, the state does something to make itself more liberal (see Video: Californian City Experiments With Universal Basic Income). So the fact this new program for the homeless doesn’t completely stink is a big deal. I know, we’re surprised too.
This city wants to clean up their poo laden streets. Using homeless people. Take it away, San Diego:
San Diego officials are putting homeless people back on the street — but this time to pay them to pick up trash as part of a new program that launched Monday.
The homeless people, who are staying at the city’s tented shelters, will be cleaning up trash and clearing brush in downtown San Diego for five hours a day, FOX5 San Diego reported. The program, called Alpha’s Project’s “Wheels of Change,” will pay participants $11.50 an hour and expected to hold cleaning shifts three days a week.
This is looking good for numerous reasons. One, it gives the homeless a chance to work and actually earn money. Not to be confused with panhandling. These tend to be people who can’t hold a “traditional” job for whatever reason. Be it criminal background, PTSD, addictions, lack of education or skills. The people running the Wheels of Change program are looking to employ homeless people specifically, so they won’t be deterred by the things which render many homeless unemployable.
This gives homeless a chance to be more than urban campers. It gives them opportunity for work experience and the chance to earn some sweet green dough. Money. It’s why we work.
Also, filthy streets are a huge problem in California (see Experts Now Comparing San Francisco to the ‘Slums of Developing Countries’). Typically due to rampant street dwellers. Not only does this program enable the homeless to contribute to society, it encourages them to take responsibility for the streets many of them call home.
Of course, not every house challenged vagrant will be jumping to join the program. Some vagabonds are perfectly content bumming it up on the sunny streets of California. This isn’t an overnight fix, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. A nice change of pace for a state taking the fast lane to socialist hell.