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 purchase copies of their local street paper at half the cover price and become micro entrepreneurs, selling their product on the streets, to earn their own living and support themselves and their families. In addition to employment, many INSP street papers offer their vendors on-going social support and training opportunities.
For more than twenty years, INSP street papers have provided a unique way of addressing social issues; providing over 250,000 homeless people with a means to work and earn a living, whilst reporting on social justice issues and informing readers. Street papers break down barriers within society and challenge the stigma often associated with homelessness and unemployment.
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