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The Problem

Huddled in doorways and tucked into underpasses, tens of thousands of Americans sleep on bedding made of cardboard, plastic tarp and thin fabrics that offer little protection from the cold, hard concrete beneath. On any given night, more than 13,000 people are homeless in Georgia alone. Some sleep in shelters, but almost 6,000 people do not. Hypothermia begins to set in at 50°F. On winter nights in Georgia — among America’s mildest states — temperatures often plummet to below 20°F.  All over the country, the story is the same: Insufficient shelter space leaves people no other choice but to sleep outside, at the mercy of the elements.

The Solution

Softer Streets Inc. is providing durable, water-resistant, insulated, easily portable sleeping mats to people experiencing homelessness. Beginning in Georgia, we aim to supply every person who regularly sleeps on the streets with a high-quality, easily cleaned mat to provide insulation, reduce bug infestations, and help prevent chronic injuries from sleeping on cold, unyielding surfaces. This harm reduction strategy fills a critical gap between the shelter and the sidewalk.

THE TEAM

CNN journalist Amy La Porte began Softer Streets Inc. as a passion project to help those in her own downtown Atlanta neighborhood. An accomplished skier and high-mountain climber, Amy is no stranger to sleeping perched on snowy mountains, and knows the value of quality camping mats to counter the effects of hypothermia. In fact, experienced climbers and backcountry skiers live by the principle of convection: If they have only one item to use for warmth while sleeping, they put it on the ground rather than covering their body with it. This prevents the deadly drainage of heat away from the body by the cold ground.

In the winter of 2016, Amy began buying sleeping mats for the homeless. Months after handing out those original mats, she still sees them slung over the shoulders of people who are now sleeping a little easier.

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Amy La Porte - President
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Nicole File - Vice President

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH KLYMIT

One of the world’s premier camping outfitters, Klymit, is partnering with us to bring their exceptional quality to our clients at a deeply-reduced price.

It was this shared vision that led Klymit’s engineers to begin developing a new mat specifically for Softer Streets Inc. This new mat will feature extra-rugged construction for an urban environment while maintaining Klymit’s superior portability, breathability and enhanced comfort and warmth.

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