Transitional Employment through Community Improvement
Clean City Partnership provides transitional employment opportunities through community improvement activities such as street sweeping, graffiti removal, and neighborhood greening. Low-income and homeless individuals are paid an hourly wage for up to four months as they strive to rejoin the workforce.
Participants working in the Clean City Partnership are referred through the Department of Human Services, drug and alcohol treatment programs, social service agencies, shelter case managers, and the criminal justice system. The Partnership Program works in conjunction with these agencies to ensure that our participants are receiving the support they need during their transition to economic self sufficiency.
Clean City Partnership participants attend a series of individualized training appointments with an employment counselor covering topics such as the development of a work plan, job application instructions, and skills assessment; as well as participating in daily job search sessions in the computer lab. Program participants are also required to attend weekly employment readiness workshops that include resume writing, interview techniques, job search strategies, and basic computer skills. In addition, The Program’s on-the-job training component covers such topics as workplace safety, graffiti abatement, light landscaping, and recycling practices.
Project Stay, the on-going post-graduation component of Clean City Partnership, promotes job retention through peer support, while providing ongoing access to program services and networking opportunities.
Participants are encouraged to attend monthly support meetings, receive assistance with career advancement goals, and have access to the computer lab and Internet. Project Stay significantly increases the likelihood of a successful transition to financial independence.
Clean City Partnership Program has served hundreds of participants and successfully places over 90% of its graduates into employment. Approximately 70% of our graduates retain employment for more than a year. The impact of the Clean City Partnership Program can be measured not only by the large numbers of graduates placed into employment but also by the number of individuals having participated in paid work experience, computer training, job readiness workshops, and the tangible neighborhood improvements accomplished through the program.