- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit organizations in Tucson is launching a new program aimed at helping the homeless by giving them jobs cleaning streets.

The program is modeled after one in Albuquerque that in its first-year pilot phase included 700 participants who cleared 25 tons of trash.

Tucson’s twice-weekly program will launch on Tuesday. For now, the program can employ up to 12 homeless people who will be paid $10 an hour.

Participants will be screened and will work five-hour days cleaning up roadways. They’ll be fed and have access to a shower, clothes, hygiene items and shelter.

Tucson leaders say the program is meant to help people get out of homelessness. A community engagement specialist will work with participants closely with the ultimate goal of moving them into permanent housing.

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