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Mission Statement

Groundcover News exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty.

Groundcover News, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in April, 2010 as a means to empower low-income persons to make the transitions from homeless to housed, and from jobless to employed. Street newspapers like Groundcover News exist in cities all over the United States, as well as in more than 40 other countries,  in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and combat the increase in poverty. For more information, visit


We are happy to announce that this summer we returned to print sales! 

To help stem the spread of COVID-19 and keep our vendors and customers safe, we temporarily suspended publication of our print newspaper in March. But while this was the reality around us, it did not have to stop us. We are an organization formed by people who know hardship and embody resilience. The streets continue to guide us and reinforce us. 

After a winter and spring of coordinated efforts to meet vendors basic needs, we have successfully returned to print this summer with over 30 vendors out selling, safely, on the streets again. Read more here

You can support our efforts now by:

  • Buying a paper from our COVID-19 trained vendors
  • Make a donation on our website via the DONATE button on the top right of our home page.
  • Mail a check to:
    Groundcover News
    423 S. 4th
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • If you traveled somewhere else for quarantine, consider purchasing a subscription so you can get online versions of our upcoming issuesl. Income from the subscriptions will be used to replace a portion of the typical weekly income of each vendor. Subscribe now or click on Subscribe on our main menu.
  • Being part of our Vendor-Volunteer buddy system. If you would like to buddy up and stay in contact with a vendor, please email to let us know.

There’s nothing incremental about this moment, and Groundcover News will never lose its focus on advocating for the people for whom “sheltering in place” is an impossibility because they lack a house, access to hygiene, food and income. We are here for them and trust you will be too. All of us at Groundcover News, vendors, staff and volunteers, thank you for your continued support as we get through this together.

Groundcover News approaches all of our activities with the following principles.  We believe:

  • All people have the right to dignity.
  • Diversity has intrinsic value.
  • Poverty is political—systemic change is necessary.
  • Building community is essential to social change.
  • Political effectiveness requires staying power.
  • Solutions to poverty must involve people who are directly affected.
  • Risks are necessary to create positive change.
  • Meeting people where they are honors their skills and potential.
  • We are committed to quality, professionalism, and accountability in everything we do.

We feel our attachment to these principles even more strongly today. If they resonate with you too, and you are looking for a way to make a difference during these life-changing times, please join us as a volunteer, supporter, friend or Board Member.

Email to let us know.

For even more information, listen to publisher Susan Beckett’s radio interview with Body Mind Spirit Radio.

Help promote Groundcover as a progressive alternative to panhandling by downloading THESE COUPONS to give to folks panhandling on the streets of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, Dexter, or Chelsea!

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Visit us during our normal hours at:
423 S. 4th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Room F1 (lower level of Bethlehem Church)

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