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

Street Roots advocates for those folks who don’t have a voice and you and your team work diligently, and with great humanity, humility and grace to bring those stories center stage for food, housing, healthcare and social justice. Portland is lucky to have an organization like Street Roots to help us understand the complexities of homelessness, politics and the community.

- Tamara Pedrojetti, Community Relations Manager and SafeLink Program Manager, CareOregon