Beat of the Street (BOTS), Hartford’s street newspaper, was founded in September 2010 by Charter Oak Cultural Center. Since then, we have grown from a Xeroxed document with a distribution of 200 copies, to an 8-page newspaper with a monthly distribution of 4,000 copies.
Each edition of BOTS is composed of articles, stories, poems and photos that cover the “homeless perspective” here in Hartford. We seek article submissions each month from the public in an effort to gain a diversity of insight into the issue of homelessness. An editorial review board selects the content that will be published. Writers and artists who are selected for publication are paid with gift cards to local stores, as are shelter residents who deliver the papers.
The Beat of the Street team consists of a handful of dedicated individuals from varying walks of life – some of us are presently homeless and looking to obtain permanent housing, others have experienced homelessness at an earlier period in life, and some of us are lucky and privileged enough to have always had a permanent place to call home – but we all share a commitment to documenting real stories of homelessness in Hartford and hope to influence the discussion on ending homelessness.
We meet at 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Center Church, 60 Gold Street, Hartford, CT – stop by and join us if you’re around!
For more information about Beat of the Street, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-249-1207 x112.
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