After Denver Hired Homeless People For Day Labor, More Than 100 Landed Permanent Jobs

Like many cities across America, Denver has a large homeless population — more than 5,000 at last count.
But the city’s Day Works program is helping people get off the streets and into jobs, and it’s been such a success so far that it’s getting a big expansion, too.

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In the Day Works program, people experiencing homelessness can take on odd jobs, often for the city or county, that get them some spending money, experience, and connections.
For three days a week, they can do things like replacing light bulbs at the library, shoveling mulch in parks, or helping out with Denver’s Elections Division.

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