This homeless employment initiative helps solve more than one social problem at the same time. In the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a van picks up homeless people and pays them to help beautify public areas in the community. Mayor Richard Berry partnered with non-profit organization St Martin's Hospitality Centre to launch the There's a Better Way program.
The van drives around and picks up any homeless individuals interested in being paid $9 USD an hour to help clean the city. In addition to offering above minimum wage, the employment initiative also provides the homeless with lunch as well as shelter access when the day is done. The van can take 10 people a day, with high demand increasing the number of days from two to four a week.