California town pays homeless with COVID cash to reward camp clean-ups

The homeless in a central California town are cleaning up their act, and landing federal COVID-19 relief funds for doing it.

Under Elk Grove’s cash-for-trash program, people sleeping rough in empty lots or under bridges get a $20 gift card every time they use city-provided orange plastic bags to clean up their own mess.

“They’re excited when we come every other Wednesday for junk and rubbish cleanups,” Jennifer McCue of the Elk Grove Police Department told CBS13 Sacramento.

“We’d go there, it would just be a massive mess, we’d spend hours just cleaning and cleaning,” McCue said. “But now we go there and their bags are ready.”

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