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News - August 26, 2022

Streets Team Enterprises creates paying gigs for homeless clients

Jobs program builds skills, confidence toward permanent jobs and security

by Sue Dremann

A rapidly growing work program under the auspices of the Downtown Streets Team is creating full-time, paying transitional jobs for its formerly unhoused clients, often leading to permanent employment.

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Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2022 at 3:08 pm

felix is a registered user.

DTST is bouncing back in Palo Alto. Great news.
That Eileen Richardson is finally gone and Owen Byrd will soon follow is a huge positive. Talk about having twin 500 lb anchors weighing down a good organization.
I’m sure our community confidence in DTST with its good mission and hard workers will now rise.

Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2022 at 5:35 pm

William Hitchens is a registered user.

The Road to Hell is paved with idealistic, unrealistic, and naive "good intentions". This will not end well but rather become another failed permanent entitlement. IMHO, of course. My politics? I'm an angry moderate Independent who can't stand being in neither the Republican nor the Democratic Party. The both have too many kooky and ignorantly idealistic bad ideas.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Aug 28, 2022 at 2:48 pm

MyFeelz is a registered user.

Exploitation. You can chop off a couple of the snakes' heads but two grow back in its place. I once happened to be at one of their fundraisers which was not much more than a backslapping affair where the snakes congratulate themselves on making a lot of money. I suggested to one of them that I have some experience in advocacy where the goal was "housing first" and then help people become self sufficient through supportive services, and said I would be happy to speak to any of them to share my experience. They didn't want that. They wanted a contract, or contribution. Their "workers" pick up litter all day and get a $20 target or walmart gift card and they have to "move up" in the organization via continued presence on the street, working all day for $20. Real jobs and housing rarely are the outcome. They need a constant supply of people to fulfill their contracts and that money does not filter down to the people on the streets doing the work. Just a year ago they settled a wage theft claim. Good time for the top snakes to shed their skin and go to the bahamas or someplace really nice. Look up "Downtown Streets Team settles wage theft lawsuit for $170K" at this publication -- and those are just the people who have desks and errything! Nobody is standing up for the exploited people who fulfill the contracts.

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