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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:06 AM

Homeless people will earn $10 an hour to beautify the city of Omaha

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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Reply Homeless people will earn $10 an hour to beautify the city of Omaha (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jan 11 OP
liberal N proud Jan 11 #1
CottonBear Jan 11 #2
iluvtennis Jan 11 #4
iluvtennis Jan 11 #5
samplegirl Jan 11 #3
ananda Jan 11 #6
whopis01 Jan 11 #7
DRoseDARs Jan 11 #8
whopis01 Jan 11 #9

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:09 AM

1. It's a start

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:27 AM

2. Other cities have provided free apartments for the homeless.

Having a home and a job ends homelessness. Then, the individuals can get help to work on their issues of addiction, mental illness, health care, education and literacy.

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:37 AM

4. More cities should do this. There are lots of empty buildings in homeless areas. Liability used to

prevent cities from providing the rooms/apartments, but looks like that hurdle has been eliminated.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:38 AM

5. A baby steps...but many baby steps will get to the end goal as well.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:20 AM

3. Omg really

they think 2 days a week at $10.00 an hour will stop homelessness! Sounds like cheap labor that nobody wants at 2 days a week!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:40 AM

6. I liked Omahans when I was there in October.

Nice city!!!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:08 AM

7. What a scam

From the article:

They are getting $100k (half from Salvation Army and half from the city). Here is how they are spending it.

$60k for a program manager
$20k for administrative expenses

The remainder will be spent to employee 6 homeless people at a time for 90 days. Well, 2 days a week for 90 days at a time.

And the whole thing only runs from Feb - Sep.


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Response to whopis01 (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:49 AM

8. The moment I saw "Salvation Army" I knew there would be a catch. That's grotesque. nt

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:47 PM

9. My guess is the $60k job goes to an SA guy

Which means that the SA isn’t giving anything.

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