Today’s R2S: Denver Helps Homeless Community Back On Its Feet
The City of Denver found itself with a problem plaguing quite a few cities around the world, its homeless population is becoming out of control. However, instead of trying to get rid of the homeless, they began helping them. Back in 2016 they created the Denver Day Works program, a day labor program aimed to help the homeless get back in the working world. Since its creation 284 people worked at least a day with all but 10 sticking around longer performing landscaping duties in parks, helping out at the Denver Elections Division, aiding public-works crews and other job assignments. At the end of each shift, they are paid wages of more than $12 an hour. Of those participants, 110 found full-time work, with 15 landing permanent or project-based city jobs and the rest finding work with dozens of outside private and public employers.