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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Apr
27
Sheeptoast

Elizabeth Considine — the creator of Street Roots' editorial cartoon, Sheeptoast — was born in Portland and has been drawing since she could hold a pen. She loves theater, poetry, chickens, growing food, and walking her three dogs in the park. “I find inspiration in the strangeness of life and the character of human nature. I hope my art will inspire...

Apr
27
Updating the city charter so Portland can collect tax on all short-term rentals is essential for fair play

In 1971, when the city of Portland amended its charter to establish a transient lodging tax, you could hardly blame our policymakers for not anticipating the internet. 

Obviously, times have changed. As written, the tax applies to lodging in hotels...

Apr
20
FINDING HOME | She spent years managing the logistics of homelessness. Today, she has an apartment in Portland and a job as a pharmacy tech.

Carolyn Will is wearing navy slacks and a blouse, office attire, on her day off.  Her long brown hair is streaked with gray, her voice low. She is reserved, reflective and articulate as she describes her journey into and...

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