Street papers are independent newspapers and magazines that operate on a social enterprise and self-help model to provide an innovative solution to urban homelessness and unemployment.
Street paper vendors receive copies of their local street paper and become micro entrepreneurs, asking for donations for their product on the streets, to earn their own living and support themselves and their families. This has the advantage of giving them a way to make money that doesn’t depend on their mental state, background, education, criminal record, employment history, housing status or any of the other factors that keep the homeless from working.
We publish our paper monthly and give them to the homeless (vendors) and they ask for donations on the street. Vendors must complete an orientation and sign a code of conduct. We give them 10 magazines to start (after orientation is completed) then they are ready to hit the street and start earning money!