Started in December 2016 as a one-year pilot program, the Tucson Homeless Work Program recently entered its second year, thanks to continued support from the City of Tucson, private donors, and donations to the Tucson Change Movement via special parking meters at 18 locations. The program, spearheaded by Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, gives homeless people an opportunity to earn $10 an hour in cash by joining a day-labor crew working to beautify our streets.
UPDATE: A report presented to the Mayor and Tucson City Council last November shows more than 260 people participated in the program, 109 locations were cleaned (including 65 miles of roadway), more than 51,000 pounds of trash and waste had been cleared, 30 people who participated in the program were housed, and 42 people began working with the Sullivan Jackson Employment team or found other jobs.
Major funding for the program comes from the City of Tucson, Pima County, HSL Properties, Cox Communications, Southwest Gas, Tucson Medical Center, and Walmart. Tucson 12 produced a video about the program shortly after its launch so that viewers can learn more about the Tucson Homeless Work Program as it was first envisioned, and hear how some of the participants planned to spend their money.