On November 1st of 2016, Denver, Colorado started a program called Denver Day Works, and hopes to change their city. The program offers homeless citizens that option to work a day shift of three to six hours, with a starting pay of $12.59 an hour. They don’t have to go through a background check or stick to a contract. All they need to do is show up.
The city has budgeted $400,000 for the program, hoping to pay up to 300 people in the first year of it’s operation. The labor is simple, but it will teach the city’s homeless new skills and hopefully allow them to gain full-time employment elsewhere. Planting trees, plowing snow, and other jobs will be available.
At the end of each shift, the administrator will sit down with each worker and provide financial planning help at no extra cost.
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