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.


Yes for Affordable Homes campaign to fund affordable housing in Portland in 2016

Street Roots both leads and supports varying advocacy efforts related to homelessness and housing efforts in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon and around the United States.

Street Roots is a proud founding member of the Welcome Home Coalition. Street Roots is also a member of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, the Oregon Housing Alliance and the International Network of Street Newspapers.





  • Street Roots helped launch the new Welcome Home Coalition — working to secure long-term funding for homeless services and affordable housing throughout the Portland Metro region.

  • Street Roots worked to secure $1.7 million dollars in one-time funding for short-term rent assistance.

  • Street Roots partnered with the City Club of Portland, Oregon On and the Citizens Crime Commission to present a series on homelessness at the City Club of Portland.

  • Street Roots Board Member and Vendor Leo Rhodes was the co-chair of the City Club of Portland research project on health care and homelessness.

  • Street Roots advocated on a range of different social justice issues in the newspaper — supporting marriage equality, the legalization of marijuana and increased housing resources, to name a few.

  • Domicile Unknown: 2014 Homeless Deaths Report.


  • Street Roots led a campaign along with coalition partners to secure $5.4 million dollars in funding for housing and homeless services in Portland.

  • Worked to deter sidewalk legislation in Salem that would have allowed cities around Oregon to target people experiencing homelessness and poverty.





  • Street Roots investigative reporting helped save 300 families from eviction in NW Oregon. Our reporting was eventually used as testimony on the house floor in D.C. on the lack of oversight of the rural housing authorities and why funding needed to be restored for the families being evicted.


  • Street Roots co-founded Dignity Village, Portland’s first city sanctioned tent city.


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