Treasure Island Construction Training Pilot Program Graduates Inagural Class

Partnership between TIDA, TIHDI, Laborers Unions, local employer Eco Bay creates opportunites for Island and City residents

A newly formed partnership between the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative (TIHDI), the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA), Laborers Union Local #261, Laborers Union Local #67, and local employer Eco Bay Services on the design and implementation of a Construction Training Pilot Program is now providing low-income Treasure Island and San Francisco residents an opportunity to meet the demand for labor created by the start of Treasure Island development construction activity.  The Pilot Program, seven weeks in length, culminated with an inagural graduation ceremony on November 16, 2017 featuring former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. as honoree speaker.

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Pilot program graduates pose with Linda Richardson, TIDA Board of Directors President, and Alex Francois, TIHDI Employment Project Manager

The Pilot Program’s focus was to recruit and train low income residents of Treasure Island and San Francisco on the deconstruction of existing nuisance buildings on Treasure Island, while supporting Pilot Program participants as they move out of poverty and towards long-term success.   The Pilot Program allowed its participants direct entry into the laborers union for gainful employment.  Program goals included instilling discipline and communication skills in its participants while working to remove barriers to employment such as homelessness, proper documentation, parole or drug treatment obligations, and lack of food and transportation challenges. 

Pilot Program participants were recruited from a variety of Bay Area-based agencies who assisted participants with wrap-around supportive services such as financial self-sufficiency and life skills.  Unions and employer partners provided the Pilot Program with technical certifications including those related to HAZWOPER, OSHA, materials abatement and confined space training.

The Pilot Program achieved an 85% placement rate for graduates, with Eco Bay offering gainful employment to underemployed individuals with union benefits and a starting wage of $20.00 / hour + HW + Pension.  Graduates of the Pilot Program were gainfully employed and working on-site by November 20th.

Going forward, TIHDI will continue offering retention service through this private/public partnership.  Eco Bay Services has created a 1:1 ratio of graduates paired up with a mentor for training and encouragement of safe and productive work habits, with TIHDI staff continuing to monitor clients’ growth and barriers to upward mobility.

For more information about the Program, including information on how to register or how private employers can provide material support to the Program, please contact:

Alex Francois, Employment Project Manager

Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative

(415) 274-0311 x302