- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose has joined other cities in a program that gives homeless people a chance to staff coffee carts to make money.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/21dsrtX ) Tuesday that the Downtown Streets Team, which also operates in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Rafael, and soon in San Francisco, is helping people get back to work at a living wage.

Kartma Street Cafe bills itself as the “the Kart with heart.”

Downtown Streets Team Executive Director Eileen Richardson says the carts are a good plan to give homeless people access to meaningful work that allows them to eventually become self-sufficient.

Cart workers get small stipends, discount cards, case management and various services to help them get and stay employed.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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