Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin created a New Deal-inspired program to hire workers for projects responding to the pandemic. The program, called the Bham Strong Service Corps for Resilient Workers, uses local funds to hire unemployed and underemployed low-income workers. More than 800 people applied to the program and around 250 have already been placed. All the jobs directly address community needs such as disseminating school meals, transporting medical patients to and from treatment, park and trail maintenance, and staffing a call center providing COVID-19 screening. #covid-19 #workforce
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