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Vacaville launches pilot program blending street cleanup with homeless work experience

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Andre T. Walker picks up litter near the Vacaville Art Gallery building Tuesday near Andrews Park. Walker is part of a pilot program called Vacaville Clean Streets that offers members of the city's houseless community, coaching, mentoring, and even the ability to perform citywide beautification tasks, such as cleaning up graffiti or picking up litter, receiving a gift card for their work at the end of the week.  (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

A program aimed at providing job skill opportunities for unhoused individuals while also beautifying city streets has finally made its way into Vacaville in the form of a pilot program called Vacaville Clean Streets, which launched Tuesday.

Vacaville Clean Streets is an offshoot of Downtown Streets, a San Jose-based nonprofit that operates in several Northern California communities and provides a structured work program for the homeless. The program allows participants to receive coaching, mentoring and even the ability to perform citywide beautification tasks, such as cleaning up graffiti or picking up litter, receiving a gift card for their work at the end of the week.

Vice Mayor Nolan Sullivan has been trying to bring such a program to Vacaville, as he has seen the Downtown Streets program in person in West Sacramento, where he works as a service centers branch director for Yolo County’s Health & Human Services Agency.

“West Sacramento, in particular, has done some really unique things to assist their homeless but also assist the city and the residents,” he said. “We’ve been trying to bring something like this to Vacaville for the last few years.”

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