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Blumenauer, Tlaib bring housing reform proposal to Portland

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 02:30
Christen McCurdy The U.S. representatives' housing justice forum draws hundreds

Controversial calendar prompts dialogue between firefighters, Street Roots vendors

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | It was a meaningful conversation, touching on struggle, empathy and understanding

Mayor to host Portland forums about homelessness

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 01:00
Street Roots Community members are invited to join conversations with service providers, community advocates and people with lived experiences

I never looked back: Terry Gilliam was always drawn to Britain

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 07:00
Jane Graham The ‘Monty Python’ legend also reveals which of his films his teenage self would rate and his history as a cheerleader

The real impact of universal preschool and a tax on the 5%

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 06:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | Pre-K education should be the right of all of our children

Bill Bailey and the first American revolt against the Nazi flag | Book Review

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 05:30
Joe Martin Peter Duffy’s ‘The Agitator’ resurrects a captivating story with remarkable characters

Street Roots vendor profile: Rebuilding his livelihood once again

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 05:30
Robin Havenick Ron lost everything — for the second time — when he arrived in Portland, but he is back on track

Life on the Streets: Fear goes both ways

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 05:00
Helen Hill That homeless people are dangerous is a misconception, Street Roots vendors say. And for some on the streets, it’s housed people who are feared.

She was raised to preach hate – until she broke free from Westboro Baptist Church

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:00
Samantha B. McMurdock Megan Phelps-Roper explains how her family micromanaged church members and how Twitter eventually led her to understanding

Athletics Director Valerie Cleary stands out at Portland State

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 03:00
DeVon Pouncey While there are barriers for women of color in her field, she says, there are also advantages

SR editorial: Fears about homelessness get in the way of opportunities

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 02:00
SR editorial board A statewide state of emergency could lead to real solutions without fear standing in the way

Blumenauer criticizes Postal Service changes, plans public forum in Portland

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 07:00
Christen McCurdy Late mail, wrong addresses, extra hours — ‘consolidated casing’ is drawing criticism as a push toward privatizing mail delivery

Dreaming of getting back home

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Home is more than housing, but housing is the first step to healing

Street Roots 2019 annual report: Big year in the books, big year ahead

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 05:00
Street Roots We marked our 20th anniversary, launched the Portland Street Response campaign, delivered powerful journalism, and more

Street Roots vendor profile: A published author, thanks to this job

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:00
Helen Hill Steven wrote his book while homeless, and he used money he earned selling papers to get it published

Portland a battleground over immigration and health care

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 03:00
Anna Pedersen Nadia Dahab, a local attorney involved in the legal fight against Trump’s policy banning immigrants who can’t pay for health care, says the White House is subverting Congress

Yes to declaring a statewide emergency on homelessness

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | This isn’t just a Portland problem; it’s an Oregon problem

Oregon joins lawsuit over SNAP changes

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 17:00
Joanne Zuhl The Trump administration's rule change would cut food assistance to about 20,000 Oregonians

Wendell Pierce: You create the life you want

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 07:00
Adrian Lobb ‘The Wire’ was a game-changer for the actor, and his hard work has paid off, he says in a letter to his younger self

How housing laws fail transgender Americans

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 06:00
Jonah DeChants COMMENTARY | Trans people experiencing homelessness find few protections from HUD


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