Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

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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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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

Rural Oregon school districts shift to outreach, connecting homeless families to services

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 01:00
Joanne Zuhl When coronavirus hit, homeless students lost their safe haven: school

Street Roots vendor profile: Proud of the work we do

Sat, 04/11/2020 - 08:51
Pat Zimmer While newspaper sales are on hiatus, Doug 'Wookie' Marcks contributes to Street Roots in new ways

Fields of fear: Oregon farmworkers lack safety net as pandemic threatens jobs, health

Sat, 04/11/2020 - 08:24
Anna Pedersen Tom Henderson Farmworkers are considered essential workers, but they don’t necessarily receive essential services such as health care and unemployment benefits

3 temporary campsites to open next week for more unhoused people to shelter in place

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 07:39
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Street Roots has supported this effort coordinated by Join to open campsites on city land

STREET ROOTS PODCAST: Talking with Jo Ann Hardesty

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 01:00
DeVon Pouncey Episode 1: DeVon Pouncey interviews the Portland commissioner about COVID-19, the Just Energy Transition Initiative, Portland Street Response, and more

Housing-insecure Oregonians left in the lurch, eager for Legislature to convene

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 15:00
Tom Henderson The governor’s decision not to call a special session leaves housing policy recommendations in the balance

Renters push for support as uncertainty looms during pandemic

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 12:00
Tom Henderson An extension of Oregon’s evictions moratorium and a freeze on rent increases are floated at a Community Alliance of Tenants town hall

Clam digging continues amid pandemic, Oregon Coast lawmakers demand state action

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:00
Emily Green As razor clam season ramps up, northern counties worry clammers will bring higher rates of COVID-19 to coastal communities

2 houseless people test positive for COVID-19 in Multnomah County

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 02:00
Emily Green Among the homeless population, severe vulnerability is a bigger concern than the virus’ spread, a health official says, but safety measures are called into question

For people on the streets, relief from elements is scarce under stay-home order

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 01:00
Emily Green ​For Portland residents who live in public spaces, closures make life particularly challenging — and for some, terrifying

Making it work: Clackamas Service Center adapts, remains a lifeline to those in need

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 01:00
Anna Pedersen During the COVID-19 pandemic, the center continues to provide essential services, such as groceries and meals, to low-income and homeless people

Climate activists pivot amid the pandemic

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 02:00
Emily Green Oregon groups shift their focus to the health crisis, but they also see a unique opportunity for change

Street Roots vendor profile: My patrons take care of me

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 02:00
Robin Havenick Gary says racism has become a problem in Portland, but Street Roots has been a bright spot

Oregon child welfare advocates forced to make difficult decisions about who gets seen

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 01:00
Libby Dowsett And fewer disclosures of abuse are being made at a time when children are at home with nobody to tell

COVID-19 through a literary lens

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 01:00
Paul K. Haeder COMMENTARY | My conversations with librarians have been the bright line in a ‘world of words’

Miracle Messages reunites families with long-lost relatives on the streets

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 01:00
Helen Hill ‘We can find people like nobody’s business,’ says the founder of the nonprofit, which has celebrated more than 300 reunions across the United States

At Street Roots, we work through tough times with hope and grace

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:47
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | As we confront this pandemic, we continue to look toward our best future

Wyden pushes for vote-by-mail nationwide as coronavirus emergency looms

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:00
Ellena Rosenthal The senator from Oregon touts the advantages of mail-in voting, a program his state pioneered 20 years ago

Portland meal program for homeless running short on supplies

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:14
Emily Green Blanchet House grapples with growing demand during the coronavirus emergency


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots helps people reach their individual potential while giving them the sense of belonging and personal self worth.  What a gift this organization is to our community.

- Mary Edmeades, Vice President, Albina Community Bank