In an Oct. 10 online article in The Guardian, Erik Assadourian made several unsubstantiated claims about the street newspaper model that Street Sense utilizes.

For the record, Street Sense has seen a dramatic increase in circulation since we first published in 2003; the work of our independent sales force bears no comparison to panhandling – our vendors work very hard to market and sell an in-demand, quality product edited by an award-winning journalist and assembled by an award-winning graphic designer. Our editorial team is made up of professional journalists, interns and a cadre of very talented vendors who also happen to be journalists, photographers, political commentators, poets and storytellers (not to mention illustrators, playwrights, and cinematographers).

Together, we produce a newspaper and other media that bring a unique perspective to reporting on the issue of homelessness and how it affects our community while providing gainful employment to men and women seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

Read some of our vendors’ responses to Assadourian’s article here.