Changing lives, one job at a time (we hope)Daytona Beach will try a program that gives the city cleaner and safer streets while helping homeless people get back on their feet.
The Downtown Streets Team was developed in Palo Alto, California, where the program's success stories include 40 graduates who are now employed and 29 who have found housing.
The participants work for food and shelter while learning job skills. To get into the program, people have to demonstrate a desire to transition to stable employment and then attend weekly "success team meetings" until a spot opens up.
Daytona Beach paid $2,500 for a step-by-step kit to help set up the program in 90 days. The money came from Commissioner Rick Shiver's discretionary fund, the city's general fund and some donations.
Read more in the San Jose Mercury-News here.