Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Latest News


If it didn’t involve famed NFL player Ray Rice, and if it wasn’t under the unblinking eye of today’s omnipresent elevator cameras, the incident of a man beating his fiancé to the point of unconsciousness would be just another case of horrific abuse.

Just another case — like the tens of thousands reported each year in Oregon alone. By one national survey, one in three...

Erika Moen in her studio. Photo by Leah Nash/Courtesy of Erika Moen

Erika Moen is a Portland based illustrator and cartoonist, who also happens to be really fascinated by sex. Moen and her husband of six years, Matt Nolan, began the wildly popular web comic, “Oh Joy Sex Toy...


What is the vision of Street Roots?

At the heart of Street Roots and every street newspaper are the vendors selling the newspaper. Providing people the opportunity to earn a dignified income is at the heart of everything we do.

People from all walks of life and backgrounds come to Street Roots in search of a new day. The concept is...

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