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.


Street Roots both leads and supports varying advocacy efforts related to homelessness and housing in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon and around the United States.

Street Roots works to influence policy makers, the general public and the non-profit homeless and housing industry on a range of subject matters through investigative journalism, by providing a platform for organizations and individuals through the newspaper and online and by highlighting the stories of people experiencing poverty.

Street Roots has been a part of advocacy efforts related to local and state budget cuts, mental health matters, public safety, health care, civil rights and a range of other important issues that affect people experiencing poverty.

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a critical ally in the systems change work that is happening in our community.  Not only do they provide first-rate news coverage of important issues that impact low-income and homeless residents of Portland, they are at the table and a thoughtful voice in the hard conversations about how we can better meet the needs of people living in poverty.

- Marc Jolin, Executive Director, JOIN