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How is the District employing hard-to-hire residents?

Lead Agency 

Department of Public Works (DPW)


Tim Spriggs

Partner Agency

Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)


Linda Harllee Harper 

Fiscal Year(s) Funded

FY22 - present




Richard Drosin

Program Summary 

The Department of Public Works has always found it important to employ hard-to-hire residents. In recent years they have increased this effort with additional hires from government agency partners that work specifically with residents who are vulnerable to involvement in gun violence. The Department of Public Works is recognized as a 2nd Chance Agency and in keeping with those values, the Building Block and People of Promise have been given opportunities to help them stay gainfully employed.

How does it help? 

Residents who are vulnerable to gun violence often need more support to find and keep permanent jobs. This partnership between the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and the Department of Public Works helps with the job application and the hiring process as well as ongoing on-site job support. This helps those with less of a history of employment to be successful. 

How much is invested?

This program has been funded through federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The total amount for salaries for the employees since fiscal year 2021 is $4,124,765.

Who uses this program?

DC Residents who are connected to the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and in need of permanent jobs. Residents who have been a victim of gun violence or a participant in gun violence are eligible for the program.


Currently, 92 residents work in this program.

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