Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

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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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What if this artist had succumbed to toxic masculinity?

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill Kerry Skarbakka’s exhibit, ‘White Noise,’ depicts an alternative version of himself, had he become the white male he was raised to be

Medicaid expansion may improve housing stability, study finds

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
Jared Brey When low-income people save money on health care, they have a greater chance of affording rent and less chance of eviction, the researchers say

Craft workshop opens doors to money-making ventures for Street Roots vendors

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Richard Golden leads a weekly jewelry-making session, helping vendors turn their new skills into an income opportunity

Trump and Native American Heritage Month: A tale of two proclamations

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 02:00
Jaqueline Keeler Desiree Kane COMMENTARY | Delaying acknowledgement of the monthlong celebration and giving priority to the nation's founders, the White House has once again demonstrated its disregard for Native people

With Portland Street Response, city is piloting for success and fewer obstacles

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand A compassionate approach to first response is popular, and we need that compassion to spill over to more areas

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Me at 16

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 07:00
Jane Graham He found storytelling inspiration in hip-hop, and he took his projects seriously back then – ‘so much more seriously than I do now’

Bryan Adams: His new album, his roots, and his photos of street paper vendors

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 06:00
Rosemary Newton The rock star’s latest photography project, ‘Homeless,’ highlights people who ‘fall between the cracks’

Street Roots vendors have a say in logo design for Portland Street Response

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 05:00
Street Roots Three vendors joined city staff in judging the logo contest

Lisa Fithian: A trainer of mass rebellion

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 03:00
Eric Elmore ‘In every crisis there is opportunity,’ says the author of 'Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce Loving Resistance'

Wyden touts plan to expand affordable-housing tax credit

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 03:00
Christen McCurdy ‘Our housing policy needs a major remodel,’ the senator says

Street Roots vendor cited by TriMet: Where is their sense of grace?

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Mark says that if you want to help him, you can support a just and compassionate system

SR editorial: Time to explore fare-free public transit in Portland

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 07:01
SR editorial board The move has potential to advance equity, reduce emissions and relieve congestion

How an elite group conspired against the American dream

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 07:00
Helen Hill BOOK REVIEW | “Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream” by Aaron Glantz

Grand Ronde Tribal member channels his alter ego into a new play

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:00
Danielle Frost Anthony Hudson’s full-length production, ‘Looking for Tiger Lily,’ follows this quest to find validation as a Native artist and be at peace with a complex identity

Street Roots vendor profile: A storyteller and a people person

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 04:00
Robin Havenick Having been in their shoes, Gary volunteers with organizations that help people experiencing homelessness

William J. Barber II calls for a moral America

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 03:00
Christen McCurdy The pastor and social-justice activist who renewed the Poor People’s Campaign is coming to Portland to talk about a ‘moral revival’

The wild ride of foster parenting: Portland mother has advice for prospective foster parents

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 07:00
Libby Dowsett Jillana Goble set out to write about her family’s experiences with foster care and adoption. What resulted was a guidebook.

For anti-nuclear activist Lloyd Marbet, perseverance has been key

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green The Trojan critic faced numerous defeats in his effort to shut down the power plant, but his persistence paid off

Life on the Streets: Growing old

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill Street Roots vendors share their experiences with aging while unhoused

Street Roots vendor profile: A man and his dog

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton Stephen cares for Molly, and Molly helps Stephen sell newspapers


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots helps people reach their individual potential while giving them the sense of belonging and personal self worth.  What a gift this organization is to our community.

- Mary Edmeades, Vice President, Albina Community Bank