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VIDEO: Unknown assailant strikes houseless man in Old Town following protest

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 12:28
Jessica Pollard The attack appears in an hours-long video posted to YouTube under the username 'Toe Andy'

Oregon prisoners will not see stimulus money from coronavirus relief package

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 08:00
Jessica Pollard Checks sent to state prisons were returned to the IRS, but Prison Policy Institute says incarcerated individuals need money at this time as well

Clackamas County Jail expands medication-assisted treatment for opioid withdrawals

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:00
Christen McCurdy A $720,000 grant has allowed the county to build on its pilot project

I will challenge my fear with generosity — and peach cobbler

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 08:00
Dustin Dandliker A CROOKED PATH FORWARD | The pandemic has tested my interpersonal skills, but I’m rising to the challenge

PHOTOS: George Floyd vigil draws a thousand people to North Portland park, hundreds march

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 05:00
Diego Diaz People gathered in solidarity with Minneapolis protesters for a memorial and call for justice before marching downtown Friday night

As police increase Old Town presence, Street Roots vendors focus on learning their rights

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 08:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | ACLU of Oregon provided Know Your Rights training in response to concerns from unhoused people

In Oregon, reproductive rights prevail even as pandemic limits some services

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:00
Anna Pedersen The regional arm of Planned Parenthood and its advocacy partner are adapting, and the women who head these organizations discuss how

Economic devastation from COVID-19 did not have to be this bad

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 01:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | The feds should pay people to stay home while investing in a long-term recovery plan

Rethinking how America cares for its elderly

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 05:00
Anna Pedersen As the pandemic puts issues facing older adults in the spotlight, AARP Foundation and Justice in Aging look for opportunities to change the status quo

Around the world, housing is a prevention and a cure for COVID-19

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 05:00
Maimunah Mohd Sharif Leilani Farh COMMENTERY | It has never been clearer: The right to housing is ‘a matter of life and death’

Absence of human touch during pandemic devastates some people, businesses

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 01:00
Tom Henderson To others, the reprieve from hugging and hand-shaking is satisfying

Street Roots vendor writing: Little Richard believed in me

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 01:00
Maddy Brown-Clark Maddy Brown-Clark remembers her encounters with the music legend, who ‘had a heart of gold’

Survey: Moving into motels, hotels is top choice of unhoused people

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Street Roots and four partner organizations asked 97 houseless Portlanders where they’d prefer to live temporarily during the pandemic

Multnomah County looks at waiving probation, parole fees permanently

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 01:00
Christen McCurdy The fees are suspended during the pandemic, the fiscal impact is not significant

FINDING FRINGE: Against the grain, this coastal man searches for universal human rights

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 21:00
Paul K. Haeder Living modestly in the forestland of Lincoln County, David Peltier believes in breaking the cycle of poverty and ending isolation

Street Roots vendor profile: Bound and determined

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 01:00
Robin Havenick Part of the Coronavirus Prevention and Action Team, Rachael is proud to make a difference

Celilo Wyam activist delivers relief to Indigenous villages of Columbia River

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 01:00
Celeste Noche John McDonald Lana Jack makes daily trips to drop off donated supplies, helping about 100 people with precautions against COVID-19

PHOTO STORY: Community resilience carries Native-owned businesses through the pandemic

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 01:00
Celeste Noche COMMENTARY | These Indigenous-owned Oregon small businesses can use our support

People who struggle need more direct cash from the federal government

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:03
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Street Roots is connecting impoverished people with cash assistance, stimulus checks and tax credits, but it’s not enough

Oregon health care policy invites discrimination, civil rights groups allege

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 01:28
Joanne Zuhl The state’s guidelines for a crisis such as COVID-19 lack a commitment not to withhold care from people with disabilities, according to a federal complaint


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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