It’s a program aimed at helping people in need help themselves.
Denver is starting a new pilot work program aimed at connecting people who are homeless with day-work opportunities.
The city is working with the nonprofit Bayaud Industries. Some of the workers will be placed in city agencies for the day. Others will work with private employers.
The best part? Each day, they leave with a paycheck.
“I’m making $12.50 an hour,” one man named Donny said. “That’s super. That’s good money! I’m cool with that!”
Wednesday morning, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will join some of the participants as they plant trees outside of the City and County building.
This comes as Denver faces some scrutiny for the way it has handled increasing homeless in the city.
Workers have been known to conduct “sweeps” in areas frequently occupied by the homeless, dismantling camps and taking their possessions.
This is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the homeless against the city.
Denver has also been facing a shortage in affordable housing, with rents in the city sitting at record highs.
A new 223-unit affordable housing complex did open last week in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.