Hiring Those Experiencing Homelessness


“Will work for food” is an all-too-common request seen on homeless’ cardboard signs across the nation. Many cities and organizations have taken this plea to heart, and implement programs to literally give jobs to those experiencing homelessness. These programs not only provide them with wages or food, but also offer psychological benefits as well by providing a sense of empowerment, agency, and purpose to those employed. While this strategy of hiring those experiencing homelessness is often executed as a full program, it doesn’t have to be – private citizens and companies can also implement this principle on an individual basis, by striving to hire them for their own business needs and working alongside them to overcome challenges related to employment together. Several restaurants and cafes are already doing this to both do well (for their business) and do good (for their community).

“Will work for food” is an all-too-common request seen on homeless’ signs across the nation. Many cities and organizations have taken this plea to heart, and implement programs to literally give the homeless jobs. These programs not only provide the homeless with wages or food, but also offer psychological benefits as well by providing a sense of empowerment, agency, and purpose to those employed. While this strategy of hiring the homeless is often executed as a full program, it doesn’t have to be – private citizens and companies can also implement this principle on an individual basis, by striving to hire the homeless for their own business needs and working alongside them to overcome challenges related to employment together. Several restaurants and cafes are already doing this to both do well (for their business) and do good (for their community).