Word on the Street
Word on the Street is a collection of personal narratives, artwork, poetry, and reporting on social issues in the Treasure Valley and beyond. Our newspaper addresses the stigma of homelessness and its material consequences while also providing a platform for people to tell their own stories. Our purpose is to raise awareness and motivate the community to create change that benefits all of us.
Word on the Street was founded through Project Well-Being, a day program at Interfaith Sanctuary focused on mental health and recovery and is edited by journalist and photographer Erin Sheridan. The newspaper is printed and distributed to 30,000 Treasure Valley households once a month with the help of the Idaho Press.
In April 2022, we launched the Word on the Street Vendor Program. Readers can now purchase copies from vendors who are experiencing homelessness in downtown Boise. This program aims to build a community based in compassion while helping vendors earn income through an immediate low-barrier work opportunity.
If you have a story you’d like to see in Word on the Street, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Read the latest on the Word on the Street Blog!
Michael is committed to sharing his story so that we can improve this system, so the next person being released from prison has an easier time finding their way back.
We are grateful for our local community leaders.
A look at some of the people in our incredible community!