Sponsor the homeless to get off the streets

by Downtown Streets Inc.


We give homeless people the opportunity to work in exchange for food vouchers and shelter. After several successful months, they also get the resources that they need to find full-time employment.
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The money is used to help pay members of the team. They initially are paid in food vouchers ($100/week), which is their 'salary' for working on the team. The program also helps with shelter. The combination helps them not to rely on panhandling and to be able to spend time to work on their resume building and job acquiring skills.


We are only able to support a limited number of participants at a time and this funding will help support additional spots for candidates who are currently on waiting lists.

Long-Term Impact

Since 2005, the Downtown Streets Team has helped 70 participants go from panhandling to tax paying. Your donation could help one such individual regain his/her self esteem, find a job and become established in permanent housing.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Executive Director of DST receivesLocal Hero Award
Innovations in American Government Award

Organization Information

Downtown Streets Inc.

Location: Palo Alto, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.streetsteam.com/​
Downtown Streets Inc.
Project Leader:
Eileen Richardson
Palo Alto, CA United States

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