A Man, A Van, A Plan: Albuquerque’s Fight Against Homelessness

If you see Will Cole driving his van around Albuquerque, say hello—he’s doing good work. Will leads the city’s There’s A Better Way program, which reaches out to the homeless and offers employment for the day at a litter cleanup or city beautification job site. It’s a six-hour shift paid out in cash, and what started as a small ripple has turned into a wave of change. Will has employed hundreds of people who have cleaned up over 120,00 pounds of litter in the past year, and similar programs have sprung up i

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