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


In a time where civil discourse is all but gone, the Street Roots Vendor Program encourages conversations on a one-to-one basis about much larger issues.  It does so with the specific intention of enhancing understanding among all levels of society by allowing the flow of humanity to connect with individual vendors in an atmosphere that requires respect of all participants.

This exchange, when successful, does not judge the economic, moral worth or good judgment of the vendors, avoids hostility and allows for a better appreciation for all the participants’ experiences.

- Mary Jane Haake, Portland, OR