This city will pay you to pretend to be homelessSpending up to $10,000 to hire 100 "fake" homeless people for an evening might sound to some like an odd use of tax dollars in a recession.
But city officials say the "decoys" are needed to ensure the statistical validity of Toronto's second-ever survey of its homeless population.
Between 50 and 100 people - including students, actors, formerly homeless people and social workers - will be given $100 prepaid Visa cards to pose as homeless on the city's streets as volunteer surveyors try to count Toronto's real homeless population on April 15.
Read the Toronto Globe and Mail report here.
I understand the data quality reasons for doing this, but why not pay actual homeless people to fill the same role?