Housing, Local Job Opportunities Make for Safer Neighborhoods
A news report from Bill Healy, Chicago Neighborhood Stabilization Program
“When you gonna come work for me?” Melvin Bailey shouts at a young man walking down Homan Avenue on the city’s West Side. “We got orientation coming up next week.”
The young man’s pants are sagging, a look Bailey says is unacceptable in the working world but which he seems willing to overlook for the time being. He’s been talking with this particular young man for months and is now ready to give him a shot at a job.
A girl pushing a stroller walks next to the young man.
“I didn’t know you had a shortie,” said Bailey; which he said is all the more reason to come work for him.
This isn’t the first time he’s recruited from off the street.
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