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Life on the Streets: Public transit

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 06:30
Helen Hill Some Street Roots vendors say they’ve seen TriMet inspectors profile homeless people

Hundreds with serious mental illness not getting services, Multnomah County audit finds

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 06:00
Christen McCurdy The county’s mental health funding isn’t reaching half of the people who qualify, according to the report

With book and new album, Tegan and Sara get nostalgic

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 05:00
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen In dedicating time to their memoir, “High School,” the musical twins are surprised to find they’re ‘so different and also so similar’

Street Roots vendor profile: He taught his dog to skateboard

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer 'She learns everything so quick,' Dwd says of Kephirah

A Frayed Knot, Afraid Not

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 03:00
Jacqueline Keeler The two stances to Indigeneity in the 21st century

Generosity is always a cup half full

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Your generosity keeps Street Roots going, from your purchase of a newspaper and zine from a vendor to your #GivingTuesday donation

Transformation: Street Roots zine features vendor writing, art

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 01:00
Bianca Butler The writers and artists recount hardship and loss, but they also show us hope and strength

XGames awaken the extremist in you

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 07:00
Nico Nissen The German program of workshops developed for the prevention of extremism places students in scenarios where they are forced to make morally dubious decisions

What if this artist had succumbed to toxic masculinity?

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill Kerry Skarbakka’s exhibit, ‘White Noise,’ depicts an alternative version of himself, had he become the white male he was raised to be

Medicaid expansion may improve housing stability, study finds

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
Jared Brey When low-income people save money on health care, they have a greater chance of affording rent and less chance of eviction, the researchers say

Craft workshop opens doors to money-making ventures for Street Roots vendors

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Richard Golden leads a weekly jewelry-making session, helping vendors turn their new skills into an income opportunity

Trump and Native American Heritage Month: A tale of two proclamations

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 02:00
Jaqueline Keeler Desiree Kane COMMENTARY | Delaying acknowledgement of the monthlong celebration and giving priority to the nation's founders, the White House has once again demonstrated its disregard for Native people

With Portland Street Response, city is piloting for success and fewer obstacles

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand A compassionate approach to first response is popular, and we need that compassion to spill over to more areas

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Me at 16

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 07:00
Jane Graham He found storytelling inspiration in hip-hop, and he took his projects seriously back then – ‘so much more seriously than I do now’

Bryan Adams: His new album, his roots, and his photos of street paper vendors

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 06:00
Rosemary Newton The rock star’s latest photography project, ‘Homeless,’ highlights people who ‘fall between the cracks’

Street Roots vendors have a say in logo design for Portland Street Response

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 05:00
Street Roots Three vendors joined city staff in judging the logo contest

Lisa Fithian: A trainer of mass rebellion

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 03:00
Eric Elmore ‘In every crisis there is opportunity,’ says the author of 'Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce Loving Resistance'

Wyden touts plan to expand affordable-housing tax credit

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 03:00
Christen McCurdy ‘Our housing policy needs a major remodel,’ the senator says

Street Roots vendor cited by TriMet: Where is their sense of grace?

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Mark says that if you want to help him, you can support a just and compassionate system

SR editorial: Time to explore fare-free public transit in Portland

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 07:01
SR editorial board The move has potential to advance equity, reduce emissions and relieve congestion


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