Homeless Hotspot program causes controversy in Austin

FRESNO, Calif.

The city is launching what some are calling an offensive program called "Homeless Hotspots". It pays homeless people $20 a day to carry 4G devices in their bags which allows people around them to get Internet access. They also get extra cash if anyone logs on to the Internet using their signal.

One participant says he's happy with the program because he loves to meet new people.

"I look at it like this. I've swallowed my pride. At first I was kind of embarrassed about it. Being homeless has changed me and given me a different outlook at life on people," said Homeless Hotspot participant Dusty White.

The ad agency behind the program says the point of it is to get people to interact with the homeless. But others see it differently, saying it's dehumanizing and distasteful.

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