Homeless To Rehab Houses In D.C.'s 'Sweat Equity' Program | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Homeless To Rehab Houses In D.C.'s 'Sweat Equity' Program

Play associated audio

A dozen or so homeless or formerly homeless welfare recipients will be trained to work in the construction industry and then ply their new trade on vacant city-owned properties.

The goal is to renovate abandoned houses and other buildings, and then use the fixed up properties as housing for homeless people. In the meantime, the workers learn skills that will help them land jobs and take them off the welfare rolls.

Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony in Southeast D.C. later today to officially launch the effort.

The "Sweat Equity" pilot program is part of a larger effort by the Gray administration to reform welfare in D.C. by moving away from public assistance and toward self-sufficiency.

NPR

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
NPR

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
WAMU 88.5

Abortion Is Back In The Spotlight In Virginia

The state's current attorney general is overturning a ruling from the previous attorney general that would have shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state, and the issue isn't just about regulations and politics. It's also about money.
NPR

Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

If someone is infected by the Loa loa worm, taking a drug to treat river blindness could be risky. Now there's a fast way to identify the worm — by turning a smartphone into a microscope.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.