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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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Help us stop HIV

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:00
Kim Toevs Jennifer Vines COMMENTARY | Testing, syringe exchanges, safer-sex supplies are available for free

Most cruelty complaints against homeless pet owners are baseless, says Multnomah County Animal Services

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green While the agency encourages people to call if they suspect animal abuse or neglect, the vast majority of complaints it receives are unfounded

Street Roots vendor profile: Love and acceptance

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 05:30
Jessica Hamilton Randy, whose girlfriend inspires his poetry, says Street Roots helps him in many ways

Portland Clean Energy Fund takes bold action for climate justice

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 05:00
E.D. Mondainé Adriana Voss-Andreae COMMENTARY | With naysayers undermining the environment, it’s critical that this measure is carried out as intended

Life on the Streets: Prone to loss

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill People in extreme poverty are experts on loss, whether it be their belongings, their privacy, their dignity or anything else

Tina Kotek: 2019 legislative session gets a B+

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 03:00
Joanne Zuhl Oregon's House speaker reflects on the session and what she sees as wins for housing, education and – yes – the environment

People on the streets have a voice in building better first response

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | As the city explores how to pilot Portland Street Response, it’s reaching out to unhoused residents

Street Roots vendor writing: NOFX lyrics speak for the disenfranchised

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 01:00
Timothy “Wrecks” Grabowieckie The famed punk band will play at Portland Meadows on July 12

Future of Oregon water resources in peril

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 07:00
Emily Green The state has done little to prevent water scarcity as climate change and population growth take hold

This art will self-destruct

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 06:00
Michelle Gamage A British Columbia artist creates environmentally friendly pieces that decompose in nature

Street Roots vendor writing: Hats off to the volunteers

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 05:00
Paulette Bade 'You can feel the heart in here,' Paulette Bade writes about Street Roots

He planned every detail of his wedding – and his death hours later

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 03:00
Ashley Archibald Robert Fuller wanted to die with dignity, on his own terms. ‘I’ll see you on May 10,’ he told his guests.

Do no harm: States, doctors across the U.S. still grapple with Death With Dignity

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 02:00
Ashley Archibald Despite decades on the books, and dispelling opponents’ fears, individuals, health care organizations and the country remain at opposite ends of the issue

Trump wants to intercede on homeless crisis – but on whose behalf?

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Our president, who deplores the visibility of homelessness, doesn't understand the federal government’s role in the housing crisis

Relaunching his Portland police novel, Kent Anderson laments worsened social climate

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 07:00
Jason Cohen ‘Night Dogs’ exposes racial and economic disparity in 1970s Portland

My story of self-harm: Not just a cry for help

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:30
Gabrielle Reid COMMENTARY | It’s an unhealthy coping mechanism – an addiction that requires support

Life on the Streets: The proliferation of private guards

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill Some Street Roots vendors welcome the added security; others say private guards – who are not police – overstep their bounds

Short film shows how Eastmoreland neighborhood saved its giant trees

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 05:30
Street Roots 'Giants' by Luz Carasa, part of if the 'Canopy Stories' anthology, has screenings scheduled in Portland

Solitary confinement suit against Oregon DOC dismissed in federal court

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 05:00
Emily Green The inmates' attorney plans to file an amended complaint alleging unconstitutional use of segregation

Street Roots vendor profile: Part of the community

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 01:00
Helen Hill Dan, a veteran Street Roots vendor, has shared his personal struggles through his 'down to earth' writing, which has been published in the newspaper


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon