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REAL ISSUES In Print

Real Issues In PrintThis summer, REAL ISSUES will launch a printed version of our online magazine in collaboration with The Real Advocacy Group, a social enterprise dedicated to identifying and creating lasting solutions for the challenges of homelessness in our communities.  Through the publication and street sale of a social issues magazine, we can offer an empowered voice and legitimate income to individuals marginalized by poverty.

Street newspapers (or street papers) are newspapers or magazines sold by homeless or impoverished individuals and are produced mainly to support these populations in a financial capacity. Most such newspapers primarily provide coverage about homelessness and poverty-related issues while seeking to strengthen social networks within homeless communities. Street papers aim to give these individuals both employment opportunities and a broader voice in their community. View the Qwiki clip below for more information…


REAL ISSUES Magazine will strive to offer homeless, low-income, and vulnerably housed individuals an opportunity to earn a livable income by selling a social issues magazine to the general public.

Through the philosophy of ‘a hand up, not a hand-out,’ we seek to help those marginalized by poverty to help themselves. This self-help approach to empowerment allows people with a willingness for change to maintain their dignity while achieving greater independence.

In order to become a REAL ISSUES vendor, individuals must participate in a general orientation and training as well as adhere to a Code of Conduct.  To help them get started, each new recruit is allotted ten free copies of the magazine, each of which they solicit for a $2 donation. Thereafter, vendors may purchase additional copies at the production cost of .75-cents each.

For the vendors, this model represents an opportunity to earn a modest income while educating the public about the issues affecting their community. For the general public, it extends an invitation to make an immediate difference in a homeless persons life while providing a fresh perspective on local and national news often underplayed by mainstream media.

Vendors are not employed by REAL ISSUES, nor do we reimburse them for magazines which they neglect to sell, so individuals must manage their finances carefully.

The skills and confidence they acquire as self-employed vendors provides them with upward mobility and better access to mainstream job opportunities.


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