Los Angeles is looking into creating a program that would employ homeless people to clean up litter.
A motion by the City Council said Los Angeles receives around 200 trash-related issues each day through its mobile app, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Complaints are received through its 311 mobile app and website regarding dumping, debris, and other trash-related nuisances, and trash also is consistently one of the three top reported issues to 311.
The Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Sanitation now responds to trash-related requests by deploying teams of “highly trained city employees whose skills are often needed for more complex projects.”
Daily litter maintenance should be outsourced to social justice organizations that could recruit and hire homeless people to clean up trash.
The city motion comes three months after Los Angeles reached a deal to host the 2028 summer Olympic Games.
Critics have argued hosting the games in L.A. would worsen the city’s homelessness crisis. There’s currently estimated at nearly 58,000 homeless in the area.