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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 … Continue reading About Us (scroll down for recent posts)

Street papers respond to the conflict in Ukraine

UPDATE: Former Ukrainian street paper The Way Home shares the situation on the ground As Russia invades Ukraine, it's anticipated that more than a million people may flee the country to seek refuge in neighbouring nations like Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Street papers in those places respond to the ongoing conflict, standing in … Continue reading Street papers respond to the conflict in Ukraine

Photo of Michigan map

ANDRE VASHER Groundcover contributor Michigan has brand new electoral maps designed through an innovative new process and the state's politics will never be the same. They were drawn up by a citizen commission, Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which resulted from a successful statewide ballot proposal in 2018. Its objectives are to achieve independence and … Continue reading Photo of Michigan map

Jack of the Dust

Jay Gordon Groundcover vendor No. 533 If you’ve read my other articles, then you know I was in the Navy. Well this is a story of one of my experiences. While in the Navy I was a Culinary Specialist, aka a cook. Being a cook in the military does not mean you just cook food … Continue reading Jack of the Dust

Union Strong! Three downtown Ann Arbor stores file intent to unionize

IZZY HEDIN-URRUTIA (they/them) Groundcover contributor Ann Arbor has become a union town. On February 4, three Starbucks locations in downtown Ann Arbor filed for union membership with Starbucks Workers United, a union formed as recently as January 21 to create a platform for employees to voice grievances and demand changes from Starbucks corporate. In addition, … Continue reading Union Strong! Three downtown Ann Arbor stores file intent to unionize

734-544-3050 — a lifeline

Ben Girodias  Groundcover contributor On December 23, 2021, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) announced that starting January 1, 2022 residents seeking substance use treatment can call the 24/7 hotline number 734-544-3050. This single access point hotline has trained clinicians who can connect you or the person you are concerned about to needed services regardless … Continue reading 734-544-3050 — a lifeline

“Opportunity’ is the most important concept in We the People Opportunity Farm

Cynthia Price, Editor On a chilly day in October, Melvin Parson moved methodically across the field at We The People Opportunity Farm in Ypsilanti, tilling under this year’s crops, preparing for the winter, and defining next year’s beds. “This has been such a huge learning curve for me,” he said. “And I try not to … Continue reading “Opportunity’ is the most important concept in We the People Opportunity Farm