Budget Cuts Close Fort Worth Day Labor Center

Fort Worth Day Labor Center closes, leaving workers no where to go

By Kim Fischer
|  Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 9:05 PM CDT
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Budget Cuts Close Fort Worth Day Labor Center

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Fort Worth city leaders are scrambling to figure out how to help day laborers after budget cuts force the day labor center to close

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Budget Cuts Close Fort Worth Day Labor Center

Fort Worth city leaders are scrambling to figure out how to help day laborers after budget cuts force the day labor center to close.
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Fort Worth city leaders are scrambling to figure out how to help day laborers.

The day labor center closes on September 30, and what to do with those workers is still up in the air.

To save money on next years budget, the city council decided to close the center on September 30. That means day laborers will have to hit the streets in order to make money.

The corner of the 1900 block of Hemphill is one of the most notorious spots for day labor work. Neighbors here, for the most part, say they don't mind the workers being here, but they know it's not the safest way for these men to get work.

Tommy Simmons used to live in the area. He says he understands the city needs to make cuts in the budget, but he feels they should have gotten the money from somewhere else.

"Times is hard and I feel like they should just keep it open and let these people eat, because people got to eat." said Simmons.

City leaders hope funding for the center will be back by 2011. They say the plan is to build a new location.

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