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The story behind Street Roots newspapers

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You may have seen people selling Street Roots newspapers outside your grocery story or on intersections downtown. Vendors, like Paul West says it helps him earn some extra money.

Since the 90s the non-profit has employed hundreds of people experiencing poverty or homelessness.

The weekly publication is focused on social issues. Every Friday, vendors purchase issues for a quarter, sell them for $1 and keep the profit as their income. Local businesses are helping too.

The organization has partnered with shops city-wide to provide vendors locations to sell the news.

Vendor Program Director, Cole Merkel says it has helped many people afford groceries and housing.

Street Roots is one of 114 street papers around the world and employs around 500 vendors each year.

For more information on how you can get involved visit: StreetRoots.org.

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