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San Diego expands Wheels of Change homeless job initiative

Posted at 9:14 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 12:14:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Monday a larger investment into a program creating job opportunities for the homeless.

Wheels of Change was launched in 2018 as a public-private partnership providing jobs and training for those living in the Alpha Project bridge shelter.

“It’s innovative, it’s unique. It’s working it’s growing and it’s making a difference in people’s lives,” said Faulconer.

The program is expanding from three to ten shifts per week, with participants earning $13 per hour as they remove litter and debris through the Clean SD initiativee. An additional van is also being provided to transport the 20 workers.

The City of San Diego doubled its investment to $250,000 this fiscal year. Additional financial support was provided by the Lucky Duck Foundation and other donors.