TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- "The opportunity to go from the streets to public housing," said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.
Shelton and other city officials gathered Tuesday, March 3 to discuss new and current initiatives coming to the city of Tupelo, including the new efforts to keep Tupelo beautiful.
By partnering with the Tupelo municipal court and Tupelo homeless task force, the city is offering those in need the opportunity to pick up litter for pay.
"Even though it's a litter program it's skill-building. They're going to have a supervisor, they're going to have to keep up with their hours, they re going to have a schedule to keep," said Hannah Maharrey of the Homeless Task Force.
In addition, those who participate will also be allowed to work off court fines.
"It's just a win win," said Shelton.
"It's a little bit up in the air right now of the exact amount per hour the recommendation was $9.
This opportunity does not just apply to the homeless, Hannah Maharrey with the homeless task force said those interested can contact the city to participate.
However, they are also personally going out to find those who need help.
"We go into the streets like wherever someone is staying whether it be at a shelter, an encampment, or under a bridge. We're physically going to go to that individual and create that relationship," said Mahaerry.
The program is expected to last about six months once it gets started.