San Francisco Street Sheets; What the Hell Are They? Who, What, and Why gets Answered

by Accidental Bear

While tramping around the streets of San Francisco, whether in the Castro, Downtown, Civic Center, The Haight and all other neighborhoods, it is most likely at the most awkward of times, you have been approached by what looks like a possible homeless person asking/shouting, “Street Sheet. Spare Money or whatever you can. Street Sheet.” Like a well weathered street-walker, I am numb to these distractions and pounce past the, “Street Sheets” calls with little of no acknowledgment.

The STREET SHEET is a publication of the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco. The Coalition on Homelessness was formed in 1987 to foster the active participation of homeless and low-income San Francisco residents and front-line staff in the struggle for economic and social justice. Through an integrated approach that combines outreach, peer support, leadership development, public education, advocacy, and community organizing, the COH works to defend homeless and low-income people from attacks on their rights and their persons, while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness that take into account not only poverty’s devastating effects, but also its root causes.

Every month, the STREET SHEET reaches 32,000 readers through 230 homeless or low-income vendors, who are not made to pay for the papers that they receive, and who keep all money they earn through STREET SHEET distribution.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the STREET SHEET’s work, please feel free to come to one of our meetings on the first and third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at 468 Turk Street, San Francisco.

The STREET SHEET is a member of the North American Street Newspaper Association and the International Network of Street Papers.

I applaud the information I have dug up but still not sure I will be able to cough up a dollar on the quick draw. Beggars, spare changers and those who hold signs reading, “Need Money for weed” are all in a tough competitive market  for our pocket lint.

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