Danielle Varda on “Denver Day Works” Program

Danielle Varda speaking at news conferenceAssociate Professor Varda is quoted in the Jan. 16, 2018, Denver Post article “After Denver hired homeless people to shovel mulch and perform other day labor, more than 100 landed regular jobs.” Varda spoke at a news conference at the Denver library, where Mayor Michael Hancock talked about how the program had exceeded most of their goals in its first year.

“Some of the figures and data from the program’s pilot year point to challenges, as highlighted in an outside evaluation by the University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Network Science.

A striking statistic: Just 57 of the 110 participants who were hired into regular jobs out of the program retained those jobs for more than 90 days. A researcher said this highlighted the need for the program to help participants adapt to those transitions.

“One of the things that we learned was how difficult it is for folks to transition from being homeless to … being expected to be at work five days a week, when you may not even have a place to put your stuff every day,” said Danielle Varda, an associate professor at CU Denver.

Congratulations Danielle!

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