Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

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.


Street Roots board member

Jay Parasco

Jay is a Strategist at SEIU Local 503 where he empowers members to advocate for wins that better the lives of all Oregonians. He has a background in housing and homelessness policy and is a member of the Oregon State Bar.

Nick Bjork

Nick Bjork is a Group Publisher with BridgeTower Media, the business-to-business publication division of GateHouse Media. He oversees the building industry publications and information products for the company, including direct oversight of the Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland, OR and the Daily Reporter in Milwaukee, WI. He has a B.A. in Rhetoric & Media Studies from Lewis & Clark College (‘08) and is currently an M.B.A. candidate at Portland State University (’21).

Sandra Hahn

A longtime Portlander by way of Louisiana, Sandra has been a Street Roots vendor since 2014 and Board member since 2016. Before coming to Street Roots, Sandra owned a home healthcare agency.

Heather Stadick

Heather is the owner/operator of Keystone Bookkeeping, providing bookkeeping and financial systems expertise. She has served on the Street Roots board for nearly fifteen years and brings a wealth of financial knowledge.

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
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