For the past 18 months, Frank Crist has been cleaning litter with a small crew around the city, most recently at Echo Lake in south Fort Worth. After a short stint in prison, the 53-year-old Fort Worth native said he was unable to find work. Employers weren’t interested in hiring a former inmate, he said. When his time was up at a local halfway house, Crist said he was forced to live on the streets for two years before eventually finding help through a two-year-old self-sustaining program that’s managed by the Presbyterian Night Shelter. He recently moved into an apartment near Ridgmar Mall. Now, he’s saving money. He hopes the city will hire him on a permanent basis to do work similar to what he does now. “With my history, it was hard finding work,” he said. “Now, I’m trying to stay on my feet.” Clean Slate received a $450,000 boost from the city last June after an initial $49,000 annual contract to pick up litter in Fort Worth. Staff from the city and night shelter said the increased funds will allow the city to meet its litter pickup goals while saving taxpayer money and lowering the homeless count. It’s… Read full this story
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