Over the past year, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has created a program designed to both curb panhandling and give those in need the chance to earn money. Under “There’s a Better Way,” the city hires panhandlers for day jobs beautifying the city. Several days a week, a van is dispatched around the city to pick up those panhandlers (about ten per day) interested in working for $9 an hour plus lunch. Overnight shelter services are provided as needed at the end of the shift. The city estimates that it has not only provided over 900 jobs clearing tens of thousands of pounds of litter and weeds, but that the program has connected people to permanent employment as well as other services. Other cities have reached out to Albuquerque officials to learn more about the program.