Feature interview with legendary journalist Gay Talese, best known for defining the style of literary journalism. Talese touches on what the growing number of people experiencing homelessness says about our society, his endeavors to help panhandlers modernize their signs, and how he came to know his neighbors on the street in East Manhattan.
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Nancy Ware from CSOSA discusses how D.C. residents under supervision can be especially vulnerable to homelessness, and the work CSOSA and other agencies do to help citizens returning from incarceration find stable housing and employment.
A social worker explains struggles homeless individuals face when seeking employment.
Street Sense vendor believes Trump could be the answer to his unemployment.
A vendor profile on Juan Callejón.
Moving Up discusses how the new presidential administration could impact jobs, wages and healthcare.
Vendor/artist Aida Basnight describes her experience with Together We Bake, a micro-baking business that provides empowerment classes for women.
The DCRA honored Daniel Gibson and Quanya Reese, two graduates of the DCRA pre-apprenticeship program at Dunbar High School who have been hired as housing inspectors. Reese and Gibson discussed their experience in the program, and representatives from District government touted the program as a path to a middle-class jobs.
Nonprofits rely on unpaid volunteers and interns to serve the community. But for volunteers assaulted or harassed on the job, a confusing web of laws and regulations can make seeking justice a Herculean task.
Joseph Jackson shares his frustration with the outcome of the election.
Arthur Johnson tells readers how to rebuild their credit.
Cynthia Mewborn corrects some misconceptions about government assistance.
Vendor-artist Leonard Hyater discusses how we can end homelessness and how he thinks people should treat people experiencing homelessness.
Vendor-artist Debora Brantley writes about the philosophy behind “the customer is always right.”
A reflection on the use of credit checks in hiring.
Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown is “baking a difference” by providing job training for disabled veterans.
On Sept. 23, Street Sense began equal outreach to the Clinton, Johnson, Stein and Trump campaigns seeking response to the following four questions posed by the artists and vendors of our Writers Group. Despite an extended deadline of Oct. 19, only the Stein campaign chose to respond.
On Wednesday, October 19, 357 homeless Washingtonians and 304 volunteers took part in the second annual Project Homeless Connect. The resource fair, which is organized by the United Way of the National Capital Area, connects participants with a variety of on-site services, such as medical screenings, employment and housing information, haircuts and voter registration.
Services like Northern Virgina Family Services provide opportunities and tools for success to those who are able to adhere to their high standards. Those who have experienced homeless and hardship, such as Carla, these strict rules might be tough, but promote a sense of self-determination.
The D.C. City Council passed a bill in July creating a program that would teach citizens returning from incarceration entrepreneurship skills. The legislation has not received funding yet, although advocates are pushing for its inclusion in the FY 2018 budget. The Department of Small and Local Business is running a similar pilot program called Aspire to Entrepreneurship for returning citizens.