The Homeless in San Diego Are Getting Jobs Thanks to a 16-Year-old Boy


Kevin Barber may only be 16 years old, but that hasn’t stopped him from helping dozens of homeless people get back on their feet again.

Barber is the instigator behind the Wheels For Change six-month pilot program that was launched in his hometown of San Diego, California.

The program pays homeless residents $11.50 an hour to perform daytime labor shifts around the city, like picking up trash and erasing graffiti. Alpha Project, the organization that started the program, then helps to connect the workers with social workers, housing, and financial advisors.

While similar projects have started cropping up in other American cities, Barber is responsible for bringing it to San Diego.

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Barber first heard about the Wheels For Change initiative from a TED talk video about the positive effects that the program had had in Albuquerque,…

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