SAN RAFAEL (KCBS)—The San Rafael City Council is expected to decide Tuesday night whether to approve an innovative program to hire the city’s homeless to help clean the streets and remove graffiti. According to city officials, the administrative costs of such a plan would be more than a quarter-million dollars.
Up to 500 people live on the streets in San Rafael and must endure the conditions rain or shine. One of those people, Jim Hales, said having a chance to earn money while helping the city sounds pretty good to him.
“We can walk around and just clean up the streets,” Hales said. He added that he doesn’t want a handout. “I get a $400 a month check and that money’s free to me, but I don’t earn it and that bothers me.”
The city wants to hire Downtown Streets Team, a Palo Alto nonprofit organization, which has set up programs both there and in San Jose by using grants and donations.