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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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Believe in yourself: What Brian May would tell his 16-year-old self

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 03:00
Jane Graham The Queen guitarist speaks out about struggling to ‘reprogram’ himself after school, dealing with depression, and Freddie Mercury

It takes all of us to to find solutions and keep Street Roots going

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Our winter fund drive has begun

Criminalizing prostitution further marginalizes sex workers, authors say

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 07:00
Mike Wold BOOK REVIEW | ‘Revolting Prostitutes’ by Juno Mac and Molly Smith

Ricardo Levins Morales marks 50 years at the crossroads of art and social justice

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 06:00
Casey Miller The activist uses art to tell stories – something he says is essential to organizing

Virginia Garcia clinic cuts and adapts as immigrants go uninsured

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 05:00
Christen McCurdy Layoffs come as the health center sees more patients forgo coverage due to a ‘chilling effect’ from Trump’s immigration rhetoric and ‘public charge’ policy

Street Roots vendor profile: Embracing and inspiring kindness

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 04:00
Robin Havenick Shelter living has separated Celeste from her partner, but she's optimistic they'll have a home together again

Yousef Aljamal speaks up for Palestinian children

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 03:00
Helen Hill The Palestinian refugee and journalist is coming to Portland to tell the stories of youths detained in Israeli prisons

Stone Soup PDX cooks up life skills for second chances

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 02:00
John McDonald The restaurant and food service training program provides opportunities for at-risk Portlanders

What are your hopes for Portland Street Response? Show us

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand We want to change the criminal justice system – and we want you to design a logo

Taxpayers prop up the biggest carbon culprit in Oregon: timber

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:00
Emily Green Oregonians lose hundreds of millions of tax dollars a year subsidizing the forest industry. Enough, says John Talberth, of the Center for Sustainable Economy.

Without parking, car and RV dwellers have nowhere to go

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:00
Graham Pruss COMMENTARY | Cities must do better at counting residents who live in their automobiles, and then provide them with services and ample parking

Street Roots vendor profile: An example of brotherly love

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton Daniel demonstrates the value of unconditional giving

Do away with policing? Alex Vitale says it is time

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 02:00
Casey Miller The author of ‘The End of Policing’ says the job has become too broad: Police shouldn’t have to deal with social issues such as racism, homelessness and mental health crises

Artificial intelligence has a gender bias problem – just ask Siri

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 02:00
Rachel Adams COMMENTARY | The gender bias in personal assistance devices is far more insidious than just the voice

Kaia Sand, Street Roots director, receives Spirit of Portland Award

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 01:00
Street Roots The city honors the executive director for her contributions to the community

We value the lives of all 92 who died homeless in 2018

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | The yearly Domicile Unknown count underscores the urgent need for reliable health care

Baby boomers are ready to retire – if only they could afford to

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 07:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | With big businesses unwilling to bring back pensions or raise wages, seniors are left with tough decisions, and younger generations are left behind

Kent Ford has advice for young activists: Read, and keep going

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green The founder of Portland’s Black Panther Party says he's always looked to other activists for inspiration

Some Portland cops have mental health training. Where do they fit into street-response reform?

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 05:00
John Emshwiller Street Roots rode along with an Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team officer to find out

Street Roots vendor profile: Nice to have family again

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer After finding the brother his mother put up for adoption, Vern is also back in touch with another estranged brother


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

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