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How Albuquerque Is Taking 'Will Work for Food' Literally

A mayor’s plan to connect panhandlers with jobs.
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Albuquerque’s approach to ending homelessness is straightforward: Ask, and you shall receive.

Ask for work, that is. Nearly one year ago, the New Mexico city’s government collaborated with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, a local nonprofit homeless-services organization, to launch the There’s a Better Way van program with a radically simple mission: to provide real jobs to those sitting on the street, asking for work.