Santa Fe considering $140K contract to put homeless people to work

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city of Santa Fe could soon put the homeless to work. The city council is set to vote Tuesday on a two-year $140,000 contract with local nonprofit, Life Link.

Mayor Alan Webber says the group will provide transportation for homeless people, panhandlers, and others to work across the city. Webber says they would do jobs like mowing grass, pulling weeds, and picking up trash.

“It gives people a way to be generous that adds to the work opportunity for people. It’s not just pure charity and the city will look better because we’ll have folks working on medians, we’ll have folks working in parks, cleaning up the city and getting paid for it,” Webber said.

Webber says they hope this contract will encourage Santa Feans to contribute to Life Link and grow the program.

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