Fife Jobs Program

The City of Fife Jobs Program is about much more than providing job training for committed members of Fife’s unhoused community.

In this yearlong program, housing comes first. Participants are provided with a home in the city’s tiny house village, a group of 10 units sited next to the Fife Criminal Justice Center. This approach provides participants with the security and stability they need to begin job training and to tackle any other barriers—including addictions—that impede their ability to work.

To qualify for the yearlong program, applicants must reside in Fife, have been homeless for at least three months and demonstrate a clear desire to work and actively pursue permanent housing options. They’re also subject to the same background checks that City of Fife staff must pass.

Jobs program participants become contracted employees through Valeo Vocation, a Pierce County organization that helps those experiencing homelessness create a clear path to permanent employment and housing. In addition to support from a Valeo caseworker, participants receive on-the-job training from city staff to maintain the city’s parks and trails, work toward flagging and forklift operating certificates, perform general office duties, or complete other paid tasks. They receive paychecks for 18 hours of work a week.

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Program Contacts

  • City of Fife Jobs Program Operations Contact: Megan Jendrick, mjendrick@cityoffife.org
  • City of Fife Community Navigator: Tim Anderson, tanderson@cityoffife.org