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Albuquerque has employed hundreds of homeless since 2015

Albuquerque has employed hundreds of homeless since 2015

The Associated Press
June 30, 2018 12:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque officials say a program aimed at providing work to people who are homeless has resulted in 6,666 one-day-long jobs since September 2015 for people living on the streets or panhandling.

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Mayor Tim Keller's office released the figure Friday in a statement that credited the "There's a Better Way" program with giving people a chance to earn a fair wage for daily work.

The program launched by former Mayor Richard Berry transports workers to a Solid Waste Management Department job site, where they clear litter and weeds. St. Martin's Hospitality Center, a local nonprofit, tries to connect them with services at the end of the day.

The mayor's office says the program over the past three years has employed 1,575 workers in total, and 76 have gained permanent employment as a result of the program.

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