Grant to help New Haven’s homeless get jobs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)  –  A new program aimed at getting homeless people in New Haven into the workforce was announced Thursday.

The Respect Work program is being funded by a one hundred thousand dollar grant from the pharmaceutical company Alexion.  Alexion opened its corporate headquarters in the city earlier this year.

As part of the program the city will donate Respect mobile van that will pick up homeless people in the community who will then be put work by Liberty Community Services picking up trash and cleaning up neighborhoods before moving on to other jobs.

Liberty Community Services Executive Director John Bradley says “The idea is they will not be working in this program forever, but it is just a start to get them back to the first job, to get them connected to services, to get them connected to people who can find them continuing employment.”

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