L.A. Launches Homeless Skid Row Clean Up Team

L.A. has launched a ‘skid row clean team by using homeless that are being paid $15 an hour to pick up trash.

Mayor Eric Garcetti: “Every un-housed Angeleno deserves the help that they need to get off the streets.”

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Los Angeles recently launched an initiative intended to improve public health, empower the destitute, and advance sanitation efforts in the epicenter of the city’s homeless crisis: Skid Row.

On Monday, Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the formation of the Skid Row Clean Team — a new street cleaning program targeting the roughly 54-block area best known for rat-infested piles of garbage, a typhus outbreak, and sidewalks lined with tent encampments. He said the new project currently employs “about two dozen” homeless and formerly homeless individuals to help pick up the trash in their neighborhood.

Garcetti maintained that the team members are all determined to make a better life for themselves, adding, the endeavor is “just as much about cleaning the streets as it is about lifting up the people who live on them.”

The workers were hired and primarily trained by the contracting organization Urban Alchemy and are not city employees. According to KFI Radio, they are paid “$15 an hour or more.” The minimum wage in L.A. increased to $14.25 an hour last month for businesses with more than 25 employees. More

They litter by night and get paid by day to pick trash up. 

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