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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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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

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