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Students start newspaper to help the homeless

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A group of students attending Rhodes College have put together an idea that could go a long way. They decided to start a newspaper aimed at helping the homeless. It's called The Bridge: The Memphis Street Paper.

Before The Bridge's first issue hits the streets in Memphis, its impact is being felt, even among the founders.

According to Evan Katz, there are a "huge variety of ways that someone can actually become homeless."

MORE: The Bridge: The Memphis Street Paper Facebook link

The genius of the paper is that the people who are selling it are the people that it's about, and who will benefit the most.

A.J. Saum moved to Memphis a couple of years ago to run the kitchen at the midtown restaurant. He saw similar papers work in San Francisco and in Washington, D.C.

"They were selling somewhere upwards of 16,000 publications every two weeks and every homeless person involved in working was making up to $45 a day," he says.

Saum says he even knows of people who bought a home selling the street paper.

The first publication of The Bridge will hit the street March 21 and you can pick up a copy at a street corner near you.

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