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January 05, 2015

Fla. Homeless Group's Clients Now Paid for Stadium Work

Homeless clients of a Tampa nonprofit are again working at the city's Raymond James Stadium but are now being paid for the labor, reversing past practice that saw them receive food and shelter from the charity for staffing stadium events, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

In November, Aramark, a stadium concessions provider, scrapped a deal with New Beginnings of Tampa in which the charity arranged unpaid labor in exchange for contributions from the firm. But in recent weeks homeless men from New Beginnings worked concessions and cleanup at football games under the aegis of All Team Staffing, a temporary-employment agency.

New Beginnings has long raised revenue by deploying homeless clients to work for side businesses in construction, telemarketing, and other fields, practices that are now being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the Times, which reported last week on the nonprofit's management and financial dealings. "I anticipate it saying they found nothing, we're not violating any labor laws," Tom Atchison, the charity's CEO, said of the inquiry.