Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

Reality

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Reality is:

When water comes out of the faucet, lights come on bright & don’t go out, you don’t have to use your flashlight to c what you are doing.

Wow – how much this all sounds like most of u but us out here well that’s another story. We out here don’t know what it’s like to have running water, electricity & believe me us that have lived here on these streets really do appreciate the luxuries of real home living.

Go from sleeping bag & backpacks to queen size bed, sheets & blankets & all the finer things in life it’s all called -

Appreciate!

 

By Poison

Vagabond Vlog 3 – July 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Thank you to New Frontier Market for your continued support as well as our new advertisers: Arriving by Bike, Bijou Art Cinemas, City of Eugene Equity and Human Rights Center and Organically Grown Company. And thank you to McKenzie Mist for donating water throughout the year to hydrate the homeless who meet with The Oregon Vagabond on Basketball Tuesdays and for our writing workshops under the Washington-Jefferson Bridge, and our addiction recovery meetings at the McNail Riley House each week.

The Oregon Vagabond in the News – The Register-Guard

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011 – Diane Dietz reports on street newspapers on the front page of the business section (D) in The Register-Guard: Papers provide jobs and a voice – Homeless vendors and writers gain from a growing trend:

“A new form of hand-to-mouth economics has emerged in Eugene during the past 1½ years with the development of the Oregon Vagabond street newspaper.

The paper is the latest manifestation of a two-decade old national street newspaper movement devoted to helping urban homeless people earn a little money and eventually find a way off of the streets.

Homeless people write the stories. Homeless vendors buy the papers from the publishers — generally for 25 cents apiece — and sell them on the streets for $1, plus any tips they earn. The 31 street papers nationally are seen as an antidote to motivation-sapping handouts as well as to the isolating practices of begging or panhandling.

“It was a response to the rise of modern day homelessness in urban environments throughout the United States,” said Israel Bayer, director at Street Roots, the Portland street paper that began in 1999.

The content in the papers varies. Some focus on stories from the streets, others dig into issues related to poverty and others have an entertainment bent for maximum saleability.

Celebrities often contribute. Each year, for example, a Portland Trail Blazer offers himself for a page-one story in Street Roots.

The street papers have developed a surprisingly sophisticated infrastructure, including a trade group, the North American Street Newspaper Association, and an annual convention — this year in October in Nashville.

Like mainstream newspapers, the street newspapers share their articles for publication through a news service, the 9-year-old international Street News Service. In addition, the Reuters News wire service donates content to the street papers….”

Click here to read Dietz’s full article with photos by Paul Carter, an in-depth report in The Register-Guard on street newspapers and The Oregon Vagabond.