Where Can you Find a Day Laborer?

When I asked Cockeyed.com readers "Where can you find a Day Laborer?", residents of many cities responded.

"Day Laborers" are men who are prepared to labor for cash. I've seen them hang out on one particular corner in Sacramento.  In other cities, apparently the Home Depot parking lot is a favorite spot, and the Craigslist "gigs" category is also a good place to find helping hands on a projec t.

I'd also like to mention that even the Home Depot stores in Peru have day laborers in front of them. They also have private truck rentals available and sometimes a few security guards with rifles on the roof.

City: Street Intersection

Akron, OH:  Corner of Howard and Tallmadge
Akron: The corner of Howard & Tallmadge
Albuquerque: At the corner of 12th Avenue and Third, NW
Alexandria, VA: Corner of S Van Dorn St and S Pickett St (next to the truck lot)
Amarillo, TX: At Adams and 5th street, near Faith City Mission
Anaheim, CA, Brookhurst & 5 Frwy, next to Home Depot
Arlington, VA.  By the 7-Eleven at the corner of 27th St. S. and S. Shirlington Rd.
Arlington, VA: At the corner of Pershing and Glebe Rd
Athens, GA: Home depot on Epps Bridge Pkwy.
Atlanta  Intersections of Tilly Mill and Peachtree Industrial;  Roswell Road and 285
Atlanta, GA: Home Depot on Sidney Marcus Boulevard
Atlanta, outside of any home depot
Atlanta:  Most Home Depot stores
Atlanta:  Outside Home Depot at the corner of Piedmont Ave. and Sidney Marcus Blvd.
Atlanta:  Shell station at Shallowford and I-85
Atlanta: At the Home Depot, Sidney Marcus Blvd @ Piedmont
Atlanta: On Ponce across from City Hall East
Atlanta: Peachtree Industrial Blvd. and Tilly Mill (on Tilly Mill)
Austin, TX: Home Depot at the corner of St. Johns & IH35 in Austin TX
Austin:  Home Depot, I35 and St. Johns
Baltimore: 7-11 on Broadway near Eastern
Baltimore: At the corner of Lombard and Broadway
Baltimore: Labor Ready
Barnes Bridge & Garland Rd. @ the Chevron....Dallas, TX
Berkeley, CA - Near the Truitt and White Lumber Yard, spilling along the adjacent train tracks and the 4th street trendy boutiques (much to their dismay....)
Berkeley, CA: 6th and Delaware

Berkeley: Hearst at 4th
Berkeley: Home Depot parking lot
Berkeley: In about a 2-block radius of 4th Street and Hearst Ave
Birkenhead - Wirral, England: Man + Van available pretty much anytime, number posted on singpost at the exit from B&Q off the M56 near the Liverpool Tunnel.
Birmingham area is Lorna Road, near the BP station. This is just past the midpoint between I65 and where Lorna crosses I459. There was a sort of a Latin community center for a while that actually tried to help people out, but it got shut down pretty damn quick. Big suprise in the suburban South!
Blacksburg: At the corner of Kraft Drive and Ridge Road

Boston: At the corner of Huntington and South Huntington
Boston: In the center of the parking lot of the South Bay shopping plaza.
bothell: home depot
Brisbane, Australia: No day labour system that I'm aware of.
Brooklyn, NY: Outside of Starbucks on 65th Street and 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst.
Calgary, AB: Cash corner, Centre street between 12th and 13th ave
Calgary: Cash Corner - At the corner of 12th Avenue and Centreish S
Capitola, CA: 41st Avenue and Soquel, at the new Safeway
Capitola, CA: Parking lot of Taco Bell on 41st Avenue.
Carlsbad: At the corner of Alga and El Camino Real
Carrboro, NC:  At the corner of Jones Ferry Rd. and Davie Rd.
Carrboro: Jones Ferry and Poplar.
Carrollton, GA:  The gas station at the corner of Lovvorn Road and University Drive, behind the University
Carrolton Tx, At the Pancho's on Belt Line and Josey
Cathedral City, California (Palm Springs area): Corner of Ramon and Sky Blue Water Trail, in front of the Rancho Grande Market
Chandler, Arizona: Arizona Ave between Chandler Blvd and Pecos

Chandler, AZ: SW Corner of Arizona Ave. and Chandler Blvd.
Chandler: South of Chandler Boulevard on Arizona Avenue, Ask for Jose...
Chicago: At the gas station (Shell?) near the corner of Belmont and Milwaukee.
Chicago: Milwaukee and Belmont
Chicago: On the Northwest Side - one can find plenty of day laborers in front of the Salvation Army building on Pulaski Ave., just south of Foster Ave.
Compton, Craig's List

concord, ca: home depot
Concord, CA: Monument blvd
Concord, CA: Up and down Monument Blvd at Meadow Ln.
Concord: Home Depot on Meridian Park Blvd
Cornelius, OR: At the Corner of Baseline and 11th
Cornelius, Oregon: 11th Avenue near Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair St.  Standing by the "Day Labor Pickup" sign.
CORNELIUS: Corner of North 10th and Adair
Costa Mesa, CA:  Macarthur and Home Depot Dr.  (no kidding)
Costa Mesa: In front of the U-Haul, corner of Newport Blvd & Mesa Drive
Cupertino: DeAnza Blvd, north of 85, Home Depot parking lot
Cynthiana, at the Save A Lot parking lot.
Dallas, Ross and Capitol
Dallas: Dennis Rd., between Royal Ln. and Satsuma
Danbury, CT: On Kennedy Ave, near Main St, right across from the bus stop.
Denton, TX: corner of Carroll Blvd and Elm St.
Denver, CO: At the corner of California and Park Ave, SE (Pink Building)
Denver: 20th & California
Denver: at the corner of Stout St. and Park Ave.
Denver: Downtown Park Ave (Anywhere)
Denver: North West corner of Sheridan and Arkansas. (It's a Labor Ready, they always have Day Laborers out front standing around).
Des Plaines, IL. Corner of Oakton and Chestnut, right next to the tracks

East Hartford CT: the Dunkin  DOnut's on Main sy, by CVS
Encinitas: At the end of the parking lot in Home Depot On El Camino Real and Leucadia Blvd.
evansville on fares ave. is where the "night laborers" hang out...if you know what i mean.
Fairfield, CA: Cadenasso Drive at the entrance to Home Depot.
Fort Collins, CO: at either Wal-Mart.
Franklin Square NY - Hempstead Tpke in front of the Hess station
Franklin, WI: South 27th Street Home Depot Parking Lot
Freehold: The intersection of Throckmorton St. and Main St.
Freeport, NY : NE Corner of Sunrise Hwy and Henry St., at the Dunkin Donuts
Freeport: Home Depot parking lot on sunrise highway
Fresno: Used to be at G & Ventura near the Rescue Mission.  Also, in front of most Home Depot/Lowe's stores.
Garland: Day Labor Center Miller and Saturn, NE
Grand Rapids, MI Division at Wealthy St.
Greensboro: At the corner of Lee Street and Elm Street
Half Moon Bay, CA: Corner of Kelly Street and Main Street
Half Moon Bay: At the corner of Kelly and Main.
Hawaiian Gardens: Corner of Norwalk Blvd. and Carson St., CA
Herndon, VA, there is a government-sanctioned day laborer center.
Herndon: Day labor site, that they fought over.  Or the old 7-11
Hollywood, Western and Sunset in the Home Depot parking lot.
Homer Alaska: In the Safeway parking lot
Hong Kong: Outside Chung King Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui
Houston- At Westpark and Renwick, or Westpark and Chimney Rock.
Houston, TX - Shepard (North)/Durham (South) in between I-10 and Washington on the railroad track.
Houston: At the corner of aldine mail Rt and Determined.
Houston: At the Home Depot at 610 and 45 (Gulfgate area)
Houston: At the NW corner of N. Gessner Rd. and Tanner Rd.
Houston: Westpark and Fountain View
Huntington Beach, CA: Home Depot on Warner (west of Beach Blvd.)
In Fairfax County, Virginia: Almost every major intersection from the City of Fairfax east to the edge of DC, along Route 50 (Arlington Blvd.) and Route 236 (Little River Turnpike.)
Indianapolis, IN:  East 10th Street.  Be prepared to shed the prostitutes (unless that's the kind of day labor you're interested in).
Kansas City: At th' C.A.N. centre, around th' corner from SW Boulevard and Summit, under the Interstate 35 bridge (it's right down the street from Royal Liquours, you can't miss it).
Kansas City: Home Depot

Kelowna BC Canada -- Queensway bus circle
Key West: Higgs Beach
Kyle,TX exit 213, the Diamond Shamrock before the Dairy Queen.. by Paws animal shelter.. in the mornings occasionally.
Laguna Beach, California - There is a day labor hire station on Laguna Canyon Road. If that is too far, they can be found at any local home depot!
Lake Worth FL: Lake worth road and Military Tr at the entrance to the Home Depot.

Lakewood, CA: Outside of the Home Depot on Clark and Del Amo
Lakewood, NJ: Corner of Clifton Avenue and First Street
Langley Park, Maryland:  in the McDonald's parking lot at the corner of University and New Hampshire
Langley Park, MD - 7-11 - New Hampshire Ave and University Blvd.
Langley Park, MD: At the corner of New Hampshire and University Blvd.
Las Cruces, everywhere
Las Vegas,  Rancho and Bonanza
Las Vegas:  At the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bonanza
Las Vegas: In front of any Home Depot
Las Vegas: On Cheyenne between Buffalo and Torey Pines
Lebanon OR. You have to go to Salem.
Leesburg, Viriginia Corner of King St and Market St
Lewisville, TX:  Shopping center next to the Dodge dealership on the northeast corner of I-35E and State Highway 121.
Lewisville, TX: Hwy 121 Bus. at I-35
Long Beach, CA    --Home Depot
Long Beach: Parking lot of any Home Depot or Lowes
Long Island NY: Conveniently located at ANY 7-Eleven parking lot. Take your pick!
Los Angeles Region: any home depot
los angeles, any home depot parking lot
Los Angeles:  At the Home Depot on Sunset
Los Angeles: Any Home Depot or paint supply store
Los Angeles: intersection of Barrington and Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles: Vermont and Normandie at Harbor Park
Louisville, Ky: At the corner of 4th and Oak St
Louisville: Home Depot parking lot at Preston & Cooper Chapel
Lubbock: 19th and Q
Lynnwood, WA: Home Depot on Hwy 99 and 205th
Madison: Corner of Park and Dane St during 6-8AM.
Malibu: Trancas Canyon Rd. off PCH
Manasquan, NJ : At the 7-11
Manhattan:  On the corner of West 134th Street and Broadway.
marietta, ga. S Marietta Pkwy at Whitlock Ave.
Melbourne Australia, Corner Bourke and Exhibition Street
Mesa, Arizona: North West corner of Broadway Road and Gilbert Road.
mesa, arizona: on Broadway in the east valley
Mesa, AZ.   Mesa Dr. & Sourthern Ave.
Mesa, AZ: Anywhere on Mesa Drive between Southern Ave. and University Dr.
Mesa: Broadway between Stapely and Mesa Drive, AZ
Metairie, LA : At the Shell station on corner of Causeway and Vets
Miami: the Home Depot On Flagler and 79th Ave
Middlebury, CT: Someplace else.
Minneapolis: in the K-Mart parking lot on Lake St & 1st Ave S
Moreno Valley: Parking lot of Home Depot off of Pigeon Pass
Mountain View, CA at the Home Depot
Mpls Home Depot
New Haven: State Street between Court and George, outside the 'Work Today - Get Paid Today' sign.  I think they all work through that office,
New Orleans/suburbs: In front of Lowe's, Home Depot, any gas station

New Orleans:  Pretty much anywhere you turn. 
newark nj, anywhere
Newhall: the corner of Sierra Highway and San Fernando Rd
Northern Virginia - any Hope Depot parking lot.
Oak Cliff, any Home Depot
Oakland, CA: corner of Fruitvale and San Leandro
Omaha, NE:  In front of the Francis House (downtown)
Orange (CA): Katella Ave. near Manzanita (in front of Home Depot)
Orange County, CA: Any Home Depot
Orange Park, FL: at the corner of Blanding and Suzanne
Orange, CA: At the corner of Chapman Ave and Hewes St, both at the Friendly Donuts (SW) and Albertsons supermarket (SE).
Orlando: Any freaking Home Depot

Owings Mills, MD : Home Depot
Pasadena: At the Uhaul on the corner of Raymond and California
Pasadena: Community Job Center at 500 N Lake Ave
Pasadena: Throop Lumber at Fair Oaks and Villa
Petaluma: Washington and Howard
Phoenix AZ, just about everywhere
Phoenix Metro area: At any parking lot for Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.
Phoenix, AZ: the parking lot of any Home Depot or Lowe's
Phoenix: Bell Rd and Cave Creek, SW
Phoenix: Cavecreek and Thunderbird by the Home Depot
Phoenix: Everywhere.
Phoenix: In the parking lot of any Home Depot. But Home Depot won't let them stay on its property so look just slightly adjacent to its property. Right there a little more. There they are. They hang around Home Depot because it's a do-it-yourself warehouse. But most Americans are too lazy to do anything themselves so it's really more of a "hire day laborers to do it and buy the stuff here" warehouse.
Pittsburgh:  East Liberty Home Depot

Pittsburgh: Nowhere that I know of.
Pittsburgh: Outside Heinz Field (off-season football players)
Plano, Texas: corner of Archerwood and Parker
Pleasant Hill/ Concord CA - All along Monument Blvd at a smattering of fast food restaurants, down to the Day Laborer's Collective.  Plus, the Home Depot in Concord near Buchanan Fields.
Portland, OR:  Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and NE Everett

Portland, OR: Going South on MLK, on the bridge over I-84, just north of Burnside.
portland: behind doug fir
Portland: Corner of West Burnside and MLK
Portland: NE 7th and Couch -ish
Prescott, AZ: Grove Ave. at the C-Stop mini-mart and extending approx. 100ft southwest to the corner of Grove Ave. and Sheldon St.
Queens - by the Queensboro bridge

Quincy, IL: 8th and Maine area, across from Java Hoo
Raleigh, NC: On the corner of anywhere and everywhere you look.
Redwood City: On the corner of Whipple and El Camino
RENO -  In front of the Home Depot or the Lowes. OH I FORGOT also in front of the U-Haul and the Mini Storage.
Ridgecrest, CA: At the Home Depot on China Lake Blvd, if at all.
Riverside, CA: Madison and Indiana, the Home Depot...literally at least 100 of them.
Riverside: Home Depot @ Indianna and Madison, CA
Riverside: Home depot parking lot. Indiana and Madison
Rochester, NY  turning onto the innerloop from state street, and he'll work for food!
Sacramento -- Florin Rd at Franklin (Home Depot)
Sacramento: the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and 47th Avenue.
San Antonio:  I-10 Eastbound and Fredericksburg Rd (Inside Loop 410)
San Antonio: Everywhere
San Carlos, CA: Old County and Brittan.  By the home depot.
San Carlos, Home Depot has em by the hundred
San Carlos: Old County Road and Brittan, Home Depot parking lot
San Diego, you can always count on every Home Depot for a parking lot full of day laborers...
San Diego: Pretty much any home improvement store (or if less scrupulous, anywhere at all). This is, after all, San Diego.
San Fernando Valley, CA: in the parking lot of any Home Depot location

San Fernando Valley, in front of any Home Depot
San Francisco:  At the Sherwin-williams (?) paint store on Oak Street.
San Francisco:  corner of Oak St and Divisidero
San Francisco:  Oak and Divisadero by the Kelly-Moore, Bayshore and Paul Ave by the U-Haul Palace, and all along Cesar Chavez...those guys are cool
San Francisco: At the corner of Divisadero and Oak

San Francisco: At the corner of Fell and Divisadero
San Francisco: Bayshore u-haul rental facility
San Francisco: Cesar Chavez and Van Ness
San Francisco: Cesar Chavez, near S. Van Ness
San Francisco: South Mission District near Cesar Chavez (I've seen them all over the place in this area, but the exact location seems variable)
San Jose, CA: Capitol Expwy and Silver Creek Rd near the OSH

San Jose, CA: Capitol Expwy and Timberloop Dr near the Home Depot
San Jose:  Anywhere there is a Home Depot.  You know the trucks that say "Rent me hourly at the Home Depot?"  These guys should have t-shirts made with the same slogan!
San Marcos: At the corner of Buena Creek and Twin Oaks

San Pedro: At the corner of Gaffey Street and Channel Street, NW
San Rafael, Bellam Blvd & Anderson Dr
Santa Ana CA-Any Home Depot
Santa Barbara, CA: anywhere along E. Yanonali St.
Santa Clarita: On San Fernando in front of the construction equipment rentals
Santa Cruz, CA: River Street at the lumber store.
Santa Monica: At the corner of Colorado Ave and 19th St, NW
santa rosa, fulton st.
Santa Rosa: Corner of Fulton and River Road.
Seattle: At the Home Depot on Aurora
Seattle: corner of 1st and Lander in front of Home Depot
Seattle: Near Western Ave and the Aurora Tunnel
Seattle: On Western Avenue under the Battery St. Tunnel entrance.
Seattle: Underneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Western Ave
silver spring MD: Route 650 & 193
Sioux Falls: Corner of Cliff Ave. and 26th (Labor Ready)
Southampton, NY: half a mile away from the 7-11 where one apparently unemployed white dude in shorts protests daily with various signs.
springfield: at the corner of commercial and washington, MO

St. Catharines: At the corner of Lakeshore Rd. and Geneva St.
St. Catharines: At the corner of Lakeshore Rd. and Vine St.
Stamford, CT: At the corner of State Street and Elm
Stockton: 76 station at corner of Center & Lafayette Street
Sunnyvale, CA: in the Home Depot parking lot at Kifer and Fair Oaks
Tallahassee: The corner of Old Bainbridge and 4th Avenue
Tasmania - No Where they hang out at centrelink for a while whinging about no work.
Texas: Any home depot, they hang out there waiting.
Texas: At the corner of anywhere and everywhere.
Torrance, CA  Home Depot
Torrance, CA: At the corner of Carson and Western, near the 7-11.
Tucson:We have places the hire just for the day, like Labor Force, Day Labor, etc.
van nuys, ca:  oxnard blvd between van nuys and sepulveda blvd
Vancouver, BC, Canada: Main & Hastings
Vancouver: Broadway & Commercial
Virginia, any 7-11
waterbury, ct anywhere on cherry st and parts of willow
West Los Angeles, Behind Public Storage at Tennesee Ave and Corinth Ave, SW
West Los Angeles: In front of a shul on 3rd St., near Fairfax
Weston, MA: outside Golden Ball Tavern
Winnipeg: Higgins and Main Street
Woodstock, Ga, at the corner of Bells Ferry and Hwy 92
Worcester, MA: On the corner of Park Ave and Highland Street
Yonkers, NY - Yonkers Ave and Mile Square


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