Public housing residents learn painting skills
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
March 13, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
showed his support Wednesday for a class of low-income San Francisco
residents training to be professional painters through a new pilot
The program is a public-private partnership involving the Sherwin-Williams
Paint Co., the San Francisco Housing Authority, and the San Francisco
More than 120 residents of San Francisco public housing have
gone through the program since its establishment two years ago.
Two-thirds of the program's graduates have secured jobs or returned
to school, according to the Mayor's office.
The program grew out of recognition of the demand for professional
painters and an interest in helping public housing residents gain
job training and find employment, the Mayor's office reported.
"The spirit shown by these residents through their active
involvement in this training is testimony to their desire to learn
and make a difference," Newsom said Wednesday.
Participants in the program take five days of classroom instruction
on painting, and spend five days applying their new skills painting
apartments in the Sunnydale housing development.
The program's most recent class of students was scheduled to
graduate on Friday, according to the Mayor's office.
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