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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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Prisoners and protesters decry conditions among Oregon state prisons as COVID-19 spreads among facilities

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 11:01
Chris May The number of prisoners in quarantine outnumbers tests conducted 6 to 1

Survey says suspend rent during pandemic, tenant advocacy group finds

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 01:00
Tom Henderson Meanwhile, the money owed to landlords mounts, and a long-term solution for tenants isn’t certain

STREET ROOTS PODCAST: Talking with Israel Bayer

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:00
DeVon Pouncey Episode 3: DeVon Pouncey interviews Street Roots' former executive director about the role of street papers during the pandemic

Thinking outside the bars: Does coronavirus make the case for jail reform?

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 01:00
Tom Henderson Prison reform advocates see an opportunity to rethink who needs to be incarcerated

Motel program launches in Clackamas County

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 18:31
Do Good Multnomah helps people high-risk for the COVID-19 get indoors

SR editorial: Open hotel rooms to people on the streets

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 07:00
SR editorial board Going beyond triage to long-term solutions, Oregon can look to other jurisdictions that are placing thousands of houseless people indoors amid the pandemic

Lawsuit: Grants Pass criminalizes homelessness while offering no shelter

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 01:00
Emily Green City officials had a simple approach to homelessness: Make life so uncomfortable, they leave. Now a class action suit is the first to test the Boise decision and reveals systemic punishment and harassment for sleeping outdoors.

Street Roots is well versed in addressing challenges with creativity

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:58
We don’t know what is possible until we see it through, which demands peace with uncertainty.

How a pandemic divided the haves and have-nots — over 100 years ago

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 21:55
Doug Kenck-Crispin COMMENTARY | Despite more than a century of opportunities to change, Oregon’s response to COVID-19 is all too similar to that of the tuberculosis scourge

Access and partnership: What immigrants and refugees need during the COVID-19 crisis

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 06:00
Som Subedi COMMENTARY | Inclusive policies and practices will ensure access and support to everyone

Homeless residents, advocates in Salem area take issue with government response

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 01:00
Tom Henderson Regional officials’ focus on securing assistance years in the future does little to address today’s crisis, critics say

If you did not file taxes, these folks can help you get your stimulus payment

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 11:00
Anna Pedersen Street Roots and other organizations are helping non-filers navigate a new tax portal — but tax experts say those who skip filing might be missing out on another credit

Back to normal is not good enough; we need a new economy

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 08:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | The failings of our current system are only accentuated by the coronavirus crisis

Street Roots vendor profile: We are building trust

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 07:55
Robin Havenick Soon after Alex joined Street Roots, he became part of the Coronavirus Prevention and Action Team, taking resources to people on the streets

Guide dogs draw complaints for failing to follow social distancing guidelines

Sun, 04/19/2020 - 01:00
Libby Dowsett With COVID-19 measures comes a new set of challenges for people experiencing blindness and visual impairment, and for their dogs

PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ camp opens in Portland in response to COVID-19

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 01:44
Celeste Noche A homeless camp for people of color and another for the general population are also set to open over the weekend

STREET ROOTS PODCAST: Talking with Tina Drake, our newest staffer

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 01:00
DeVon Pouncey Episode 2: DeVon Pouncey interviews the former vendor, who recently joined the Street Roots staff and also moved into housing

A Street Roots wedding

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 18:05
DeVon Pouncey Vendors Max McEntire and Deanna Handley tied the knot at our office in Old Town, while guests watched from a distance

Why is Multnomah County sheltering houseless people en masse during COVID-19?

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 01:00
Emily Green Despite coronavirus outbreaks at shelters in other cities, the county isn’t changing its practices, citing measures in place to separate sick people

Up against polarization and COVID-19, McMinnville homeless-service providers find a way

Wed, 04/15/2020 - 11:00
Tom Henderson In a town where residents are often contentious with the homeless population, resources for unhoused residents are scarce during the pandemic


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