Denver Is Hiring Homeless People Without Background Checks To Try And Make A Difference

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.

While they do need proper identification, if they don’t have any, the program is ready to make special arrangements and help them obtain the proper identification.11-8a7

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.

The aim of the project is to connect with the homeless and give them real opportunities. 300 will have been given jobs, and the program hopes to connect at least half of the people with other work experiences after the program, and hopefully retain at least a third to work for the city at contract sites. Ultimately, the city hopes to give 49 people a way to find permanent jobs at the end of the year.

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