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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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Student homelessness that touches close to home

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | My grandmother’s story resonates today

Measure to deny undocumented immigrants driving privileges headed to Oregon ballot – again

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:31
Emily Green It's an effort similar to that in 2014, which led to a voter reversal of a previous legislative effort to grant undocumented immigrants drivers cards

Street Roots vendor profile: Perfect love

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:00
Helen Hill Tammy and Emily plan to get married as soon as they have a home

Healing takes center stage for young refugees

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 06:00
Casey Miller The youths see their writing come to life in the theater as part of Project Untangled, a program that helps them with their trauma

J Mase III lives life out loud

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 05:00
Lisa Edge The trans queer poet and educator runs awQward Talent, which teaches the freedom to just ‘be’

Street Roots vendor profile: Rising to the challenge

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill After a stroke and an amputation, Jennifer has learned how to manage life with a disability

To confront the housing crisis, it is time to think big

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 03:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | The homeless numbers are big. The geographic scope of the crisis is big. And the investment required of us is big. Our vision must be, too.

Portland2019 Biennial explores Oregon through contemporary art

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 02:00
Emily Green The showcase at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center features thought-provoking installations from exceptional local artists

PSU report: 38,000 homeless in Portland metro area; regional collaboration is next step

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:30
Joanne Zuhl The 2017 figure is more than five times the estimates from the Point in Time counts

Hospitality toward the poor: A not so novel idea

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | The bigotry of the Trump administration’s immigration policy is on full display

Will privilege become extinct? Or will humanity?

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | In a culture that favors me for positions of power just because of my skin color and gender, I am ready to be a follower instead

Japanese American incarceration and present-day migrant camps: Perspectives of 3 survivors

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:00
Libby Dowsett Japanese Americans who were detained during World War II share their perspectives on the immigrant detention centers the U.S. operates today

Life on the Streets: Beating the heat

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill Street Roots vendors discuss how they manage the summer weather and the toll it takes

Street Roots vendor profile: Time heals all wounds

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Wayne says being with other people has helped him manage his own health and also assist others

Erased: How a transgender parent is being kept from his son

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green For years, his former in-laws have prevented him from being part of the boy’s life, in defiance of repeated court orders

Her cry from inside the occupation: Janna Jihad is a voice for Palestinian children

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green The 13-year-old Palestinian journalist and activist sits down with Street Roots to share her perspective on what’s happening to children in the West Bank

Urgent: Climate-driven migration demands local planning now

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:30
Dan Newth COMMENTARY | Portland is incapable of handling today’s homeless crisis; just imagine the future​

Ex-KKK leaders: Trump is the president we dreamed of

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:00
Adam Sennott His rhetoric is what 'I would have done, things I would have said,' says a former white supremacist

Nick Offerman: Rural roots, good manners helped make him a star

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:30
Jane Graham The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star reflects on his early years

Could gun buybacks reduce crime in America? So far: No

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:00
Lacey Wallace COMMENTARY | The sheer number of firearms in the U.S. poses a challenge. Meanwhile, gun owners have profited from buyback events in Oregon and elsewhere.


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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