Homeless Cleaning up Parkway

A great idea in this Sacramento Bee article and one we floated—and did some work on—as reported in our 2005 Research Report: The American River Parkway Lower Reach Area: A Corroded Crown Jewel; Restoring the Luster, at http://www.arpps.org/report.pdf (pp. 34-36)

Pride Industries is a perfect partner for this excellent project.

An excerpt from the Sacramento Bee article.

Sacramento County may soon employ homeless residents to clean up trash and debris on the American River Parkway, as part of an agreement with local employment services provider PRIDE Industries.

Under the contract, scheduled for a vote by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, PRIDE Industries will provide case managers to help enrolled homeless individuals create work schedules, seek training programs and connect with county navigator services.

The program aims to reduce barriers of employment for homeless people, particularly those without access to benefits such as disability or Social Security, as well as address growing concern over the state of the American River Parkway.

“It’s not giving them a fish, it’s teaching them how to fish,” said Supervisor Sue Frost, who said the county has been in talks with PRIDE Industries for about a year.

Running for four 10-week periods, each with 10 homeless recruits, the program will cost the county $387,200, according to the county staff report.

Beyond honing general workplace skills and earning money, each homeless residents will also earn a construction certification through PRIDE by the end of the program, Frost said.

“This is a beta test,” she said. “They can do the work and also get paid and job training … connecting them to that missing link that prevents them (from getting) into a situation where they can pay for a place to live.”

Frost did not know how much each homeless worker would be paid. A representative from PRIDE declined to comment until the contract was approved.

Retrieved January28, 2019 from https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/homeless/article225184065.html

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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