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Little Rock Expands Program That Pays the Homeless to Collect Litter


A program in Little Rock, Arkansas is working to both provide an income for homeless citizens and clean up the city's streets. Earlier this year, Little Rock began hiring people in need, and paying them to pick up litter around the city, the Daily Mail reported. The program has been a success so far, and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. just announced that he is drafting a resolution to extend the program for one more year.

Little Rock launched a six-month trial run of the Bridge to Work program in March 2019, thanks to a grant of $80,000 from the city's Board of Directors, Arkansas Online reported earlier this year. In partnership with Canvas Community Church, Bridge to Work recruits homeless residents and people asking for financial assistance on the streets of Little Rock to pick up trash, clear weeds, and other related tasks.