The Tucson Homeless Work Program begins next Tuesday, Dec. 6. It will allow homeless people to join a day-labor crew to clean streets and medians in five-hour shifts for $10 an hour in cash. Those who take part in the one-year pilot program will get two meals, a shower, and other services provided by various agencies.
Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres organized the effort, which other Council members support. The first year of the program, administered by Old Pueblo Community Services, will be funded with $25,000 from fees the City of Tucson already collects from waste haulers for projects that clean up city streets. Pima County will match the $25,000.
After the pilot program is over, Fimbres hopes funding will come from business contributions and donations from the public to the Tucson Change Movement, a new effort that will allow people to use change or swipe a debit or credit card to donate at special replica parking meters.