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

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

By Mary Kay Linge 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. […]