The Contributor is a nonprofit, social enterprise publishing a weekly street newspaper sold by people experiencing homelessness and poverty.


New vendors interview, train, and receive a yellow badge and 15 free papers to start out. Vendors can choose where to sell, except at spots where other Contributor vendors are eligible to claim if they buy a certain number of papers each month.




Vendors grow their micro-businesses by purchasing each copy for $0.75, which they sell on the street for $2.00. This is the vendors' money to keep.