Mayor Lee Highlights Clean Streets Program to Get San Franciscans Back to Work

JobsNOW3 Program to Clean City Streets & Parks, Creating Jobs for Low-Income City Residents

9/6/11— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the launch of the Clean Streets Program to employ up to 200 low income San Franciscans through the Human Services Agency (HSA)’s JobsNOW3 program. The program will create public service trainee positions at the Department of Public Works (DPW) for street cleaning and at the Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) for park maintenance and cleaning. Workers will be placed in jobs as early as October 1st.

“Getting San Franciscans back to work in this economy is among my top priorities. While our unemployment rate is well below the State average, we can do better. This innovative and creative approach helps keep our streets and parks clean while keeping our economy growing,” said Mayor Lee. “We are offering low-income San Franciscans the dignity of a job and a paycheck instead of unemployment.”

“I am pleased that we are able to continue to build on the success of JobsNow by providing job opportunities to San Franciscans on public assistance who continue to be unable to find work despite their best efforts,” said HSA Director Trent Rhorer. “This program will not only put money into the pockets of low income families and individuals, provide them with real job skills, and reduce the number of people on the City’s public assistance rolls, but will also provide a much needed service to San Francisco in helping to maintain the cleanliness of our sidewalks, streets and parks.”

JobsNOW3 workers are primarily unemployed individuals on welfare (both county-funded Personal Assisted Employment Services and CalWORKs). Up to 200 clients will be hired beginning October 1st and placed in public services trainee positions that could last up to one year. HSA will establish eligibility and refer candidates to DPW and RPD to get job training and begin their work on City streets and in San Francisco parks. DPW and RPD will be responsible for training and deploying workers, who will earn $12.39 per hour and work for 32 hours per week. The program includes wages, fringe benefits, and HSA staff time to total $4 million in City funding.

“This will greatly enhance our ability to keep our City both green and clean,” said DPW Acting Director Mohammed Nuru. “Most importantly, we will be implementing this program while training people from the community who need job training and jobs the most.”

“Together, we are working to not only provide much-needed jobs; we are working together to keep our parks clean, safe and fun for our communities to enjoy,” said RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg.