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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:06 AM

Homeless people will earn $10 an hour to beautify the city of Omaha [View all]

Inaugural participants in a new day-work program for homeless people will earn $10 an hour working in the city’s greenhouse, prepping flowers and plantings for city parks.

On Thursday, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Maj. Greg Thompson, commander of the Salvation Army’s Western Division, talked about the new A Way to Work program.

“My ultimate goal would be to end homelessness in the city of Omaha,” Stothert said. But that’s a complicated issue, she said, and the jobs program is one way to help that population.

Under the program, which will start next month, the city will pay homeless people and panhandlers $10 an hour for two days a week for doing jobs that beautify the city. (The minimum wage in Nebraska is $9 an hour.)

Read more: https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/homeless-people-will-earn-an-hour-to-beautify-the-city/article_55edd198-53b8-55f5-b858-a4e1c9c9b1d4.html

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