Tent City Resident Wins National Award

Local homeless advocate and former tent city resident Barbara Kalil recently earned the national “Best Vendor Essay” award for her protest note to Governor Carcieri. Barbara was given the award by the North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA) whose members include 31 street papers from the US and Canada.

Her article ran in Street Sights last fall. It gives a first hand account of the formation of tent cities and their eventual court-ordered disbandment, right here in Rhode Island.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Street Sights is Rhode Island’s only street paper, as well as our only news source focusing on the issue homelessness. The paper covers homelessness-related news, provides information on local resources for the homeless, and gives a voice to an often underrepresented population.

The Street Sights paper aims not only to give a voice to Rhode Island’s homeless, but also to inform the public about homelessness issues and help bring about a much-needed end to the horrible reality of homelessness in our state.

To read the paper or learn more about Street Sights, including how to subscribe, volunteer, or sponsor, visit http://www.streetsights.org/.

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