New program aims to provide jobs for homeless, ex-convicts
NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans Downtown Development District has unveiled a program that will provide incentives for companies that seek to hire homeless individuals and ex-convicts.
The New Paths Initiative aims to reduce recidivism and unemployment by providing incentives for companies to employ people struggling to find their way back into the workforce.
The district's initiative will formally begin Aug. 1 and is broken down into two programs. The first, called Back in Stride, is focused on ending homelessness in New Orleans. As part of it, the district has advocated for permanent supportive housing and a new homeless shelter.
The second program, the Second Chance, is aimed at getting jobs for ex-offenders who might normally be considered unemployable because of a felony conviction.