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Sacramento County may soon employ the homeless to clean up the American River Parkway

Sacramento County may soon employ homeless residents to clean up trash and debris on the American River Parkway, as part of an agreement with local employment services provider PRIDE Industries.

Under the contract, scheduled for a vote by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, PRIDE Industries will provide case managers to help enrolled homeless individuals create work schedules, seek training programs and connect with county navigator services.

The program aims to reduce barriers of employment for homeless people, particularly those without access to benefits such as disability or Social Security, as well as address growing concern over the state of the American River Parkway.

“It’s not giving them a fish, it’s teaching them how to fish,” said Supervisor Sue Frost, who said the county has been in talks with PRIDE Industries for about a year.

Paid for by Sue Frost for Supervisor 2020 ID#1380596
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