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Formerly homeless, eight Salt Lake City residents now have job prospects

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - Salt Lake City has been working hard to address the homelessness problem near downtown, and six months after the start of Operation Rio Grande, eight people who were formerly homeless now have job prospects and a new lease on life.

The Framing Assistant Training program, a pilot workforce community initiative developed in cooperation between the Mayor's office, Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development and the Department of Workforce Services, helped several people receive on-the-job construction training. 

Stefen Whitmer is one of Tuesday's graduates. 

"I've changed tremendously," said Stefen Whitmer, who told News4Utah he had struggled with addiction prior to becoming homeless. "I'm starting to see myself grow in a way that I have been wanting to."

The graduates received recognition certificates for their training, a tool belt and supplies needed for a construction job. They also had interviews with more than a dozen local construction companies currently hiring. 

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