City offering Detroiters paid positions to help clean 500 alleys by end of 2020

Posted at 1:06 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 13:06:47-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The City of Detroit is offering paid positions to residents interested in helping to clean up alleys.

The city's new alley cleanup program, which was launched in August, is on pace to clean 500 alleys by the end of the year. To date, 29 have been cleaned.

The city said the response to the program has been "overwhelmingly positive" from residents.

“The alley cleanup program was a direct response to what we’ve heard from residents for years,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a press release. “We’ve heard the continual requests to get the alleys cleaned up. Not only are we listening; we’re acting, but we can't do this work alone. Together with registered block clubs across the city, and any Detroiter that wants to help get the work done, we can get this city cleaned up, one alley at a time.”

The work performed by city cleanup crews includes complete removal of everything in the alley, including debris removal and tree and brush trimming. Some light grading work is also being done to ensure alleys are leveled and passable. Gates are expected to be made available next year.

The city is looking to hire at least 20 additional Detroit residents interested in performing alley cleanup duties. There are several positions available, ranging in pay starting at $13 to $20 per hour.

Interested individuals should submit an application here: []

Additionally, the city is looking to partner up with registered block clubs and neighborhood associations.

Registered block clubs and neighborhood associations interested in submitting an alley for cleanup must complete the online request form here []

Once an alley has been selected and cleaned, the block club must commit to maintaining the alley by performing additional cleanups, at least twice per year.