In spring 2016, the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), in concert with the United Way of King County, the City of Seattle and Millionair Club Charity launched a new program called Jobs Connect.
The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID), managed by the DSA, is the anchor employer for Jobs Connect, offering work with the DSA/MID Clean Team. The clean team patrols the streets of downtown – picking up trash, removing graffiti and pressure-washing sidewalks, among other tasks. The team identifies how many workers are needed for the next day and matches those openings with Jobs Connect participants.
To date, we have hired 18 homeless individuals onto our Clean Team, and more than 114 have been hired by other downtown employers.