Arkansas City Is Paying Homeless People $9.25 an Hour to Pick up Trash

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Homelessness is on the rise, even though unemployment rates are slowly declining. And the world seems to be involved in a constant debate about what we should be doing in order to help the issue. While some believe that homelessness and laziness have a direct correlation, others take a more empathetic approach, understanding the fact that some people may just not be as fortunate as us.

No one wants to be homeless.

Arkansas City has taken a different approach to the matter. Rather than shunning homeless people from society, the city has decided to give them jobs.

Keep reading to find out the details of the full story.

It seems as if more and more people are ending up on the streets. With the current economic climate making it harder for people to keep up with their rent, the issue is getting out of hand.

Judging by the rate of inflation, the younger generation won’t be able to own their own home in their lifetime.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in 2018, on a given night, there were over 553,000 homeless people in the United States. And that was only on that one night.

National reports have shown that over 2% of the world’s population is homeless. If that had to be converted into a solid figure, it would range between 150-160 million people.

That equates to almost 1.6 billion people.

And it’s easy to brand them as lazy or idle, but when the current job sector is already overflowing with candidates, it becomes a more difficult task trying to get on the ladder.

Recently, The Independent revealed that food giant, Pret a Manger, was planning to give jobs to the homeless.

And this property would also be provided by the company. According to the news outlet, this is what they aimed to do: “As well as being given jobs in Pret stores nearby, they will also receive advice on how to get a bank account, save for a deposit and develop their wider literacy and computer skills.”

Rather than marginalizing the homeless, Little Rock has taken it upon themselves to give the homeless jobs cleaning up the streets of the city.

They will be paid 9.25 dollars per hour, which is more than minimum wage!

It was initially only supposed to last for six months, but now the mayor, Frank Scott Jr, has decided to extend that period because he was so impressed by the results.

They spent 80,000 dollars on making sure that they give a chance to those in society who needed it most.

“We’re super excited about what has gone on, and we hope to be able to keep the momentum going.”

They have also been offered physical and mental health treatment and other job interviews. Some have even been given a roof over their heads in temporary accommodation.

And the results have been outstanding. In 1,832 hours, 2,056 bags of trash have been cleared by homeless individuals. Personally, I think that more governments should get involved and offer this project to the homeless community in their states. And, if you want to read some wholesome stories about the nicest things that people have ever done for the homeless, keep scrolling!