Real Change

Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice. Real Change vendors find meaningful, low-barrier work selling the award-winning weekly newspaper. 

The Vendor Center at Real Change in Pioneer Square is a welcoming community space. Low-barrier work means meeting people where they are. Anyone can come into the Vendor Center, attend a brief orientation, and begin earning an income selling the award-winning newspaper.  Real Change offers computers, phones and mailboxes to keep people connected. A full time Case Manager supports people in meeting their personal and professional goals. Real Change regularly hosts a mobile medical clinic, veterinary clinic, classes and trainings, and events that supports vendors experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

Throughout Phase 1 in King County, newspaper sales were halted to help flatten the curve and keep our community members safe. In Phase 2, Real Change vendors are back, and working hard to sell the newspaper! However, with reduced foot traffic and limited in-person customers, the income vendors depend on for food and essentials remains severely diminished. To help compensate for this dramatic loss, Real Change provides vendors with access to food and groceries, homemade meals, gift cards, hygiene products, and other basic necessities, as well as check-in calls to respond to changing needs amid the pandemic.

The Seattle Street Sink Project removes barriers to recommended public health interventions by installing sinks outside of supporting organizations around Seattle. Real Change worked directly with incredibly dedicated and resourceful UW Architect and Landscape Professors to develop a sink prototype to address the need for hygiene services during COVID. The first sink was installed at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District. Our second sink was installed at University Heights. We have a second model that is wheelchair accessible and kid friendly. We are excited to replicate this model throughout the City.

The Society of Professional Journalists announced 2019 NW Excellence in Journalism Awards, and Real Change is proud of the achievements from our newsroom. Reporter Ashley Archibald won first place for Feature Writing, Hard News for her compelling story “Homeless outreach program REACH asks to change its relationship with the city’s Navigation Team”. Ashley’s moving piece “Life, Death, and Dignity” was the runner up in the Running Series category. Wes Sauer was the runner up in the Photo Essay category, for his intimate images for Ashley’s story. Former Art Director Jon Williams received second place for Graphics and Illustration, and former Features Reporter Lisa Edge was runner up for Feature Writing, Soft News.  

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