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Proposal would pay homeless to pick up trash in Little Rock

The proposal would allocate $80,000 for Canvas Community Church to fund a pilot project to pay homeless people to pick up trash in designated areas.

Canvas Community Church would pay homeless people $9.25 an hour for a maximum of four hours a day, three days a week to pick up trash in Little Rock, according to a proposed ordinance.

Participants would be paid at the end of each workday.

The pilot program would receive no more than $80,000 in funding from the Public Works Department. The program would run from April 1 to Sept. 27. 

Two supervisors would be employed at $11 an hour. Their duties would be to pick up participants and drop them off at work sites and to take them home at the end of the workday.

Supervisors would work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and participants would work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Canvas would also give homeless participants information about services that are aimed at helping them overcome homelessness.

The pilot is based on a program called It's a Better Way in Albuquerque. 

Little Rock's Board of Directors is set to vote on the ordinance at 6 p.m. March 19.

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