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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Imagine you’re a single parent in Portland. You’re stringing together paychecks to keep up with your exorbitant rent in the apartment complex on the edge of town, the only one you can afford. Despite your best efforts to save money, you’re vulnerable to any unexpected economic turmoil. Heading home from your overtime shift, you hit a pothole on that beat-up...


Vendor Assistant: The vendor assistant would be responsible for opening and closing and overseeing the Street Roots vendor office on Sunday and Monday from 7:30am to 3:00pm.

This position is for 16-hours a week at $15.50 an hour.

Basic job duties:

Harold Johnson, a longtime teacher and poet, aspired to write a novel. Decades later, his goal has come to fruition.

Last fall, Portland poet Harold Johnson launched his novel at Broadway Books, and a standing-room-only crowd filled the Northeast Portland shop to hear him read. Set on a U.S. Army base in the late ’50s, “The Fort Showalter Blues” is a story of a...

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