Finding jobs for homeless women is a Big Issue

They are among the legions of Australia's less-visible poor: the 46,000 women who, on any given day, are homeless. Yet Sheynell Perry and Clarissa Hall have been more visible than most because they have worked as street vendors, selling The Big Issue.

The Big Issue announced an employment project to keep women off the streets - as a place of work, and hopefully as a place for sleeping. It is pioneering a program that will rely not on charity or more government money but on profits to address a big social problem.

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