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.

Advocacy

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

It was Street Roots who spoke up against federal housing cuts and saved the homes of low income families in Northwestern Oregon.   It was Street Roots who spoke out on behalf of tenants being displaced from the West Hotel in downtown Portland and won them enhanced relocation benefits.   It is Street Roots who helps us understand the dilemmas of the street cop by publishing a regular article by a police officer.  It is Street Roots leading the charge against proposed cuts to state welfare benefits for low income families.   It is Street Roots reminding us that increasing the supply of affordable apartments is the surest path to reducing homelessness.  Street Roots is the conscience of the community and extraordinarily effective in its advocacy efforts for the poor and homeless.   This paper is truly a community treasure.

- Bobby Weinstock, Northwest Pilot Project