Since February 2000, with support from The Abell Foundation, the Rose Street Community Center (Rose Street) has offered small weekly stipends (no more than $10 a day) to community residents in exchange for participating in daily community clean-ups, GED classes, or gang mediation meetings. Last year, Rose Street served more than 100 people per week, with nearly half of those residing in Rose Street's nine transitional houses. Those men who are unemployed and reside in the houses participated in community cleanups, removing nine tons of trash from the community each week. Once they have secured employment, Rose Street staff assists them in obtaining permanent housing. Compared to other transitional housing programs, Rose Street serves those most often turned away by other program—those with violent crime histories. Most participants have not earned a high school diploma or GED.