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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.

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Street Roots vendors to showcase painted pottery

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 08:00
Street Roots Street Roots is among the organizations participating in the Gather:Make:Shelter project to benefit people experiencing homelessness

Locking down Portland’s short-term rentals

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe As Portland nears an agreement with Airbnb, cities worldwide struggle with regulating short-term-rental companies

Dior Vargas: Mental illness not just a white person thing

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 05:00
Sarah Hansell The activist, who will speak in Portland, wants women of color to know they’re not alone

Star power: A walk of fame for Native people

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 04:00
Cam Welch Underrepresented elsewhere, First Nations people in Canada are working to create an Indigenous Walk of Fame to commemorate their work in the entertainment industry

Former foster youths lobby to improve transitions for their peers

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 03:00
Libby Dowsett An advocacy group of foster youths sets its sights for the 2019 legislative session on issues such as preventing houselessness

SR editorial: Portland Clean Energy Fund is the right thing for the people

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 02:00
SR editorial board Street Roots endorses Measure 26-201, which would benefit the environment, as well as poor and diverse communities

Remembering Street Roots vendor Rebekah Lynne LaBar

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:00
Street Roots Rebekah, 62, was an academic, an adventurer, a cook and a friend

A housing crisis in Ontario, among the poorest cities in Oregon

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:01
Emilly Prado This Malheur County city grapples with food insecurity and a shortage of affordable-housing options

How Ontario, Oregon, became a haven for immigrant families

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00
Emilly Prado A historical look at the rich diversity in the Eastern Oregon city

Confessions of a misogynist

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 05:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | I wasn’t born hating women. No one is. I developed a sense of entitlement after years of privilege.

Street Roots vendor profile: Good attitude, good day

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 04:00
Leonora Ko When Paul sells Street Roots, he likes to make people happy and treat them with respect

Cut and run dry: Do Oregon tax laws favor the timber industry?

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green County governments receive substantially less revenue from private timber companies after a string of changes, Coast Range Association points out

Court decision on sleeping outdoors lays bare our deep inequalities

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Criminalizing people for being homeless is cruel and inhumane, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled

Portugal. The Man wants to help quash the stigma around mental health

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 07:00
Joanne Zuhl The Portland band's members draw on their own lived experiences when talking about their concert series to support Keep Oregon Well

Is the Portland area ready for participatory budgeting?

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 06:30
Jim Labbe COMMENTARY | Ordinary people have real power over real money to make decisions that affect their lives

Street Roots vendors, nurses helping each other

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 06:00
Helen Hill Concordia nursing students first came to Street Roots to understand the perspectives of people on the streets. Now they come to provide care.

Trying youths as adults: Taking aim at Measure 11

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 05:00
Emily Green Teens do better outside of detention, says attorney DeAnna Horne, who will participate in a panel exploring the policy's impact on youths, as well as reform efforts led by state lawmakers

Portland Talks: The No. 1 political issue in Oregon is...

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 04:00
Eric Sweger Street Roots vendor Eric Sweger asks readers to weigh in

Oregon could lead on cap-and-invest for carbon emissions

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Oregon could become the first 'normal' state to implement the program economy-wide, paving the way for the rest of the nation

SR editorial: Do not let federal threats foil safe injection sites

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 02:00
SR editorial board Criminalization is not, and never has been, the answer to a health crisis


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

I firmly believe that Street Roots was largely responsible for keeping the fate of inmate moms and their children on the minds of Oregonians. Because of Street Roots' in-depth reporting and tireless advocacy, the Oregon legislature overturned the Dept. of Corrections' decision to de-fund the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Thanks to Street Roots, the Family Preservation Project is alive and well today helping inmate moms build healthy bonds with their children

- Brian Lindstrom, Filmmaker