Panhandling critics complained Sharpe was taking advantage of the loophole, but homeless advocates hailed the idea as a way to put a few extra bucks in the pockets of people who have no other means of making money. Some buyers pay vendors more than the cover price.
Unlike many newspapers, advertising is not a big part of Epoch's income, he says. The paper focuses on homeless issues, and profiles homeless people and advocates who help them.
Abare sells about 150 copies a month and that's enough to pay for car insurance and gas. She travels around to different intersections throughout the city selling the newspaper.