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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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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

Portland part of global tree planting movement

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 02:00
Emily Green Growing local tree canopies can mitigate climate change and make up for lost habitat. Here's how you can join the effort.

PHOTOS: 2019 Street Roots Family Breakfast

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | At this year's annual fundraiser, Street Roots celebrated its 20th anniversary

How your mental health can affect your dog

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 17:22
Bronwyn Orr COMMENTARY | Man’s stressed friend: We often overlook how disregarding the mental lives of our pets can also negatively impact their welfare

Celebrating 20 years of Street Roots

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 11:00

Built from the ground up: Street Roots turns 20

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:00
Joanne Zuhl Two decades is a lifetime for some nonprofits, but we continue to grow

From Dignity Village to Portland Street Response, advocacy is a vital part of Street Roots

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:00
Kaia Sand KAIA SAND | 20 years in, we keep moving forward while staying true to our roots

Street Roots has been a champion for social justice for 20 years

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 08:00
Israel Bayer ISRAEL BAYER | The organization has successfully stood up for the civil rights of people in our community

Journalism in an unprecedented political climate

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 06:00
SR editorial board Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Street Roots has stood strong in its coverage of the resistance

Street Roots vendor writing: A vital outlet for our creative expression

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 05:00
Eileen Vizenor EILEEN VIZENOR | Why it's important to have a creative writing class at Street Roots – plus vendor poetry celebrating Street Roots' 20th anniversary

Street Roots vendor writing: A sense of community through Street Roots

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 05:00
Dan Newth DAN NEWTH | The best part of my day is seeing people smile as they greet me

At Street Roots, a complex environment demands trust, empathy

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 03:00
Cole Merkel DeVon Pouncey Joanne Zuhl 'When a mental health issue or an addiction are compounded by homelessness, they are exacerbated'

In memoriam: When loss strikes the Street Roots family

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 02:00
DeVon Pouncey When a Street Roots vendor dies, we take the time to honor them


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