Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

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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.

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We believe in people. We work to give hundreds of people a hand up on a weekly basis. In fact, each year we give nearly 400 people experiencing homelessness and poverty an alternative income through sales of the newspaper. Vendors make between $200 and $1,600...


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TriMet is proposing raising the fares for Honored Citizen passes from $1 to $1.25.

Honored Citizens are people who are 65 or older or on Medicaid, as well as those experiencing mental or physical disabilities.

Sixty-three percent of Honored Citizens live in poverty.



There’s really nothing than can prepare you for an experience like this,” said T.J., holding his four-week-old child. “I’m working full-time, but we just couldn’t hold on. We’re doing everything we can to get back on our feet.” 

That was the story told to me by family after family this week when I visited the homeless family shelter in East Portland. 

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