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.


Annual Reports


Street Roots is a proud member of the Society of Professional Journalists. We are active members of the International Network of Street Newspapers (INSP).

Street Roots is a proud founding member of the Welcome Home Coalition, made up of organizations working to support long-term revenue options for affordable housing and homeless services.

Street Roots is a member of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, a think-tank and civil rights organization comprised of groups up and down the West Coast.

Street Roots is also a member of the Housing Alliance, an Oregon-based housing and homeless policy advocacy organization.


Street Roots is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We receive support for operating expenses from local and regional foundations, individual donations, sponsorships, advertising and in-kind contributions. Learn more about how you can support Street Roots.

Where does your dollar go when you purchase the paper?

  • $0.75 goes directly to your vendor who works to distribute the paper
  • $0.20 goes toward the cost of printing
  • $0.05 goes toward rent and office expenses


Board of Directors
Street Roots' Board of Directors meets monthly to discuss and manage the organization's fiscal and operational policies. Some board members have college degrees; some have lived on the streets in the past and some still do. Others have experience in business management and newspaper administration. By design, we have a balance of representation among staff members, vendors and people from the community at large. Meet our current Board.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports are available for download (pdf) here:

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Between the FYI-texts: 'Did you see this in Street Roots?', scrolling by the happy #NewPaperFriday selfies on social media, and picking up the weekly with my groceries — the Street Roots experience is totally integrated into my Portland life. We are a lucky city to have the love, dedication, and tenacity for good news and better community that Street Roots brings us every day of the year.

- Jes Larson, Executive Director, Welcome Home Coalition