Gullen and her colleagues at Community Legal Services, an advocacy group that assists low-income families, are teaming up with Redeemed PA to launch a campaign urging the city and state to create a robust subsidized jobs program.
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September 5, 2016
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Tags: Criminal Records, Employment, Expungement / Record Sealing
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia
Campaign organizers acknowledge there is no single funding source that could create the strong program they’re seeking. However, they hope that by raising awareness and stepping up public support, they can convince state and local officials to cobble together enough money to create more opportunities for the unemployed.
“The jobs would be full time, and the goal would be for it to be a combination of public jobs, such as infrastructure and parks and recreation jobs, as well as providing subsidies to private employers to be able to hire more employees,” said Gullen. She said even temporary paid work experience would make a bigger difference for people in poverty such as her client in the homeless shelter.