Downtown West Palm Beach is looking brighter after the launch of a new “Downtown Clean Team” program that partners the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority with The Lord’s Place.
The program offers part-time jobs to formerly homeless individuals to keep the Downtown District clean. In bright uniforms, the new crew will be responsible for clearing litter, removing graffiti, maintaining sidewalks and reporting maintenance issues such as broken street lights or landscaping problems.
“With training and support, we are providing an opportunity for previously homeless individuals to work toward personal independence and full-time employment,” said Raphael Clemente, DDA executive director.
The program is managed through The Lord’s Place Employment and Training Program. “This program is a wonderful example of the community coming together to help address the issue of homelessness,” said The Lord’s Place Executive Director Diana Stanley.
Employees work four shifts of six hours each per week at a rate of $10 an hour.
Pictured above: From left, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Raphael Clemente, Clean Team supervisor Patty Lamb and Sean Garner