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