Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

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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Here's why:

Upon going weekly in January 2015 (up from publishing once every two weeks), Street Roots stopped offering mailed subscriptions. Subscriptions were one area that was difficult for Street Roots to maintain consistently.

Since the beginning, subscriptions have been a logistical, financial and time burden on Street Roots -- it took two specially trained Street Roots staff 3-4 hours to prepare and mail each issue. Additionally, the subscription rate (which was $35/year for 26 issues) did not keep up with cost increases over the years so we lost money with each mailing.

It's for these reasons that we soberly realized that we could no longer justify the expense and time necessary to maintain a mailed subscriptions program, especially when prioritizing staffing and resources to go weekly in January 2015 when our workload doubled as we realized this goal.

So, what does that mean for you?

  • We hope that you will buy a paper from your local Street Roots vendor if you live in the area.
  • We hope that you will continue to access Street Roots through our News website,, where we publish every article about a week after it appears in print.
  • The last mailed subscription was the December 19, 2014 issue (our last bi-weekly publication before going weekly January 2, 2015).
  • If you had a current and paid subscription at the end of 2014, Street Roots issued you a refund for the balance of your subscription.

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon