If this is working elsewhere, why not try it here:
Check the You Tube video at youtube/RVPPHkcG8lk to see the program that Fort Worth, Texas, is implementing by hiring the homeless to clean up the streets, paying them $10 an hour, with benefits including transitional housing.
These people are given hope, a sense of being productive and they develop an employment record. They have been very responsible, appreciative and feel they have the need to prove themselves.
This program is being adopted by many cities, including Albuquerque and Denver. It certainly sounds more beneficial to all than a tent city or soup kitchen.