San Jose, California, announced a similar program late last year.
The bill report says other cities with such programs include Albuquerque, Boise, Denver, Dallas, Omaha and Anaheim. Job duties such as laying sod, tidying up grounds at local dumps and picking up trash were given as examples.
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In Zeiger's program, workers would be paid at least the state minimum wage – $12 an hour – and be referred to housing providers and other services to help get them off the street.
The pilot would expire in July 2022.
The pilot cities would then be required to submit a report to the state legislature on how many people were hired during the pilot and how many were connected with services – as well as strategies for hiring homeless people.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington state has a homeless population of more than 21,000.