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A homeless endeavor

Owen Canfield Published: July 5, 2013

An effort begun this week offers opportunity to Oklahoma City’s homeless. The Curbside Chronicle is a monthly publication launched by students from the University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University. It includes stories about urban issues, local food, pop culture, etc. — written by the homeless and other freelance writers. Dan Straughan, who heads the Homeless Alliance, says the Chronicle is being sold by homeless vendors who pay 75 cents per copy and sell them for a suggested donation of $2. Vendors keep all the profits from their sales. The aim is to provide a source of income to homeless residents, give them a voice through the magazine, increase local awareness of homelessness, and improve relations between the city’s homeless and non-homeless. Straughan says this is one of 43 street papers nationwide. Perhaps this one will succeed like the one in Nashville, which Straughan says has enabled one-third of that city’s formerly homeless vendors to secure stable housing.