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Hayward, CA: South Hayward Parish Operates the City of Hayward’s Day Labor Center

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In 2007, the City of Hayward established a day labor center operated by the South Hayward Parish, a nonprofit coalition of seven congregations providing a variety of social and educational services. The center takes those looking for day labor off of a busy stretch of road near highway entrances where they used to congregate. The center also ensures contractors comply with the city’s living wage ordinance. Other center activities include providing English language instruction, low-cost Spanish language health care services, and legal assistance. South Hayward Parish staff and volunteers surveyed fifty local day laborers to better understand their needs before designing the center programs. The center is partially funded by the city, with the bulk of the program coming from charitable donations of both money and services.

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