Fantastic Help for Homeless

What a great idea!

The Tampa Epoch, a monthly newspaper focusing on poverty and homelessness, is aimed at helping many of the homeless people who had depended on panhandling to earn extra cash.

Though only about 30 homeless vendors sold papers Tuesday, Sharpe hopes to hire 100 people during the next few months. To sustain the operation for the long run, he said he’ll need to sell at least 20,000 copies a month.

Sponsors pay anywhere from $25 to $1,000 to provide each vendor with an initial setup — 25 free newspapers, a T-shirt, name badge and a supervisor.

After that, vendors can buy papers for 25 cents each and keep 75 cents from reselling them for $1.

Vendors sign contracts promising to stay off private property without permission, not sell papers while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, treat motorists with respect and not solicit customers for more than $1.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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