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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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In Oregon, reproductive rights prevail even as pandemic limits some services

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:00
Anna Pedersen The regional arm of Planned Parenthood and its advocacy partner are adapting, and the women who head these organizations discuss how

Economic devastation from COVID-19 did not have to be this bad

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 01:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | The feds should pay people to stay home while investing in a long-term recovery plan

Rethinking how America cares for its elderly

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 05:00
Anna Pedersen As the pandemic puts issues facing older adults in the spotlight, AARP Foundation and Justice in Aging look for opportunities to change the status quo

Around the world, housing is a prevention and a cure for COVID-19

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 05:00
Maimunah Mohd Sharif Leilani Farh COMMENTERY | It has never been clearer: The right to housing is ‘a matter of life and death’

Absence of human touch during pandemic devastates some people, businesses

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 01:00
Tom Henderson To others, the reprieve from hugging and hand-shaking is satisfying

Street Roots vendor writing: Little Richard believed in me

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 01:00
Maddy Brown-Clark Maddy Brown-Clark remembers her encounters with the music legend, who ‘had a heart of gold’

Survey: Moving into motels, hotels is top choice of unhoused people

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Street Roots and four partner organizations asked 97 houseless Portlanders where they’d prefer to live temporarily during the pandemic

Multnomah County looks at waiving probation, parole fees permanently

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 01:00
Christen McCurdy The fees are suspended during the pandemic, the fiscal impact is not significant

FINDING FRINGE: Against the grain, this coastal man searches for universal human rights

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 21:00
Paul K. Haeder Living modestly in the forestland of Lincoln County, David Peltier believes in breaking the cycle of poverty and ending isolation

Street Roots vendor profile: Bound and determined

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 01:00
Robin Havenick Part of the Coronavirus Prevention and Action Team, Rachael is proud to make a difference

Celilo Wyam activist delivers relief to Indigenous villages of Columbia River

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 01:00
Celeste Noche John McDonald Lana Jack makes daily trips to drop off donated supplies, helping about 100 people with precautions against COVID-19

PHOTO STORY: Community resilience carries Native-owned businesses through the pandemic

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 01:00
Celeste Noche COMMENTARY | These Indigenous-owned Oregon small businesses can use our support

People who struggle need more direct cash from the federal government

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:03
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Street Roots is connecting impoverished people with cash assistance, stimulus checks and tax credits, but it’s not enough

Oregon health care policy invites discrimination, civil rights groups allege

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 01:28
Joanne Zuhl The state’s guidelines for a crisis such as COVID-19 lack a commitment not to withhold care from people with disabilities, according to a federal complaint

How America values its most important workers is painfully clear, expert says

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 01:00
Joanne Zuhl Dennis Parker at National Center for Law and Economic Justice tells Street Roots how the pandemic is highlighting existing inequities — and what can be done about it

In Woodburn, Russian and Latinx communities flex their political muscles

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 01:00
Tom Henderson ​Once politically marginalized despite their large numbers, both have a candidate in the race for Oregon House District 22, touting differing ideologies

STREET ROOTS PODCAST: Vendor Nettie Johnson

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 01:00
DeVon Pouncey Episode 5: The Street Roots vendor discusses some of her many endeavors, including earning her degree in addiction counseling

50 years ago today, a wild riot took place in downtown Portland

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 08:44
Doug Kenck-Crispin The South Park Blocks erupted in violence, and 21 protesters were hospitalized due to injuries from police beatings

Street Roots vendor profile: Uniquely qualified to help today

Sun, 05/10/2020 - 00:55
Jessica Hamilton Raven has used her skills as a medic in the Navy to build a medical program for Portland's unhoused community, and she coordinates three new camps

Communities respond to needs of 500 Oregon foster families, but more help is needed

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 02:31
Libby Dowsett My NeighbOR connects foster families with goods and services donated by their neighbors


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