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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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Life on the Streets: Family – a subject too painful for words

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Losing family and friends as a result of homelessness can be more devastating than losing housing

SAFES has a new look and a new vibe

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 04:00
Sarah Hansell After a four-month closure, the Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter opens its renovated facility with a bevy of new programs

Street Roots vendors share their gratitude and hopes for the new year

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 03:00
Street Roots They're grateful for support, shelter, life and opportunities

Oregon delegates to join legal fight against Trump food-stamp cuts

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 03:00
Joanne Zuhl Pulling assistance from people who are struggling to find jobs is ‘not the Oregon way,’ Sen. Wyden says

Remembering Lori De Tie and her zest for life

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 02:30
Street Roots A memorial for Lolo is planned at the Street Roots office

The house that Vern – and you – built

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Vern didn't like to branch out – until he found a safety net at Street Roots

Vigil for people who died homeless to bring together housed and unhoused

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 01:00
Helen Hill The event, on the longest night of the year, will provide a space for mourning and challenge people to help build a just community

How the real estate industry conspired against black homeownership

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:00
Mike Wold BOOK REVIEW | “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Postal workers say pilot program slows down mail routes, pushing deliveries into night

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:00
Christen McCurdy A Kenton neighborhood initiative to deskill postal work aims to improve efficiency, but mail carriers say it has the opposite effect

Art Alexakis is not giving up

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 05:00
Jason Cohen The Everclear frontman and former Portlander talks about his first solo album, his MS diagnosis and Trump

Street Roots vendor Tina is college bound

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Her experience at Street Roots has inspired her to study journalism

SR editorial: We can’t regulate homelessness away

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 03:00
SR editorial board For people in extreme poverty, even the respite of Portland's parks seems increasingly fleeting

Tragedy ahead if we do not act on Snake River dams, Steven Hawley warns

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 02:00
Casey Miller The "Dammed to Extinction" filmmaker talks about the need for clean, renewable energy and the myth about hydropower

Street Roots vendors get ready for their close-up

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:00
Street Roots Photographer Alan Borrud periodically sets up a mini-studio at the Street Roots office, aiming to capture ‘a photo they feel good about’

Environmentalist Carol Van Strum: Do not believe anything they tell you

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green Her advice for young activists is to remain skeptical and to relish the small victories

Sisters Of The Road marks 40 years of home cooking and hospitality

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 05:00
Joanne Zuhl The Portland nonprofit is the place to make real change over a plate of good food

Spanish-language conference – a first for Oregon OSHA – reveals gaps in training, safety

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 04:00
Anna Pedersen The event, geared toward workers rather than supervisors, draws attention to accidents that result from a language barrier

Brains, trains and homelessness: How public transit can respond to neuroscience

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 03:00
Latisha Jensen NW Noggin plans to talk with TriMet about the impact of homelessness on the brain

Invest our abundance in those who truly need it

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | While Portland's wealthy make the city appear rich, hundreds of thousands in Multnomah County aren't able to meet basic needs

​Ayanna Pressley's bold plan to reform what she calls America's criminal legal system

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 07:00
Adam Sennott The U.S. representative's People’s Justice Guarantee calls for decriminalizing poverty and homelessness


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