Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project

Cause Area

  • Homeless & Housing


219 1st Ave S.Suite 220Seattle, WA 98104 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice.


Founded in 1994, the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project is an award-winning nonprofit newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity to homeless and low-income people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Highly regarded as the leading street newspaper in North America, Real Change provides a low-barrier employment opportunity to an average of 250 homeless and low-income individuals each month while challenging the structures that create poverty. We envision a just, caring and inclusive community, where people are no longer marginalized by racism and classism and have the means to live with dignity. To read more about the Real Change Vendors who earn income by selling the street newspaper, please read profiles published at


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by Loretta P. from Seattle, WA (November 22, 2008)
I have been helping at Real Change regularly for the past 4 years. I feel valued and part of the family. I have learned so much about homelessness and it causes. I have learned about sevices for the homeless. I have met homeless people working hard to help themselves. I have watch the Real Change newspaper grow and become meaningful in our community. The circulation is now over 60,000/month. I have seen homeless folks find homes, improve their lives and/or train for a more traditional marketing job. Real Change cares about its vendors and its staff and its volunteers. Volunteers who wish to make a difference can become part of a movement to humanize the homeless, find shelter, help feed and clothe them. You also learn a lot about the causes of homelessness and come home after each gig knowing full well, "there but for fortune go I."

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