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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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PSU report: 38,000 homeless in Portland metro area; regional collaboration is next step

Street Roots News Feed - 12 min 30 sec ago
Joanne Zuhl The 2017 figure is more than five times the estimates from the Point in Time counts

Hospitality toward the poor: A not so novel idea

Street Roots News Feed - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | The bigotry of the Trump administration’s immigration policy is on full display

Life on the Streets: Beating the heat

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill Street Roots vendors discuss how they manage the summer weather and the toll it takes

Street Roots vendor profile: Time heals all wounds

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Wayne says being with other people has helped him manage his own health and also assist others

Erased: How a transgender parent is being kept from his son

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green For years, his former in-laws have prevented him from being part of the boy’s life, in defiance of repeated court orders

Her cry from inside the occupation: Janna Jihad is a voice for Palestinian children

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green The 13-year-old Palestinian journalist and activist sits down with Street Roots to share her perspective on what’s happening to children in the West Bank

Urgent: Climate-driven migration demands local planning now

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:30
Dan Newth COMMENTARY | Portland is incapable of handling today’s homeless crisis; just imagine the future​

Ex-KKK leaders: Trump is the president we dreamed of

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:00
Adam Sennott His rhetoric is what 'I would have done, things I would have said,' says a former white supremacist

Nick Offerman: Rural roots, good manners helped make him a star

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:30
Jane Graham The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star reflects on his early years

Could gun buybacks reduce crime in America? So far: No

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:00
Lacey Wallace COMMENTARY | The sheer number of firearms in the U.S. poses a challenge. Meanwhile, gun owners have profited from buyback events in Oregon and elsewhere.

How Trump incites violence: Understanding stochastic terrorism

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 03:00
Joanne Zuhl Turning a blind eye to the risks, the president spreads ideas that are likely to spur someone to act, legal expert David Cohen says

Street Roots is bringing people together to celebrate 20 years

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Creating a family where everyone – housed and unhoused – is included has been a priority of Street Roots from the beginning

Forest Service proposes gutting public review

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 01:00
Joanne Zuhl The deadline looms for public comment on changes to the National Environmental Protection Act

For Australian scientist Tim Flannery, the climate crisis feels personal

Street Roots News Feed - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 22:58
Katherine Smyrk The author of 2005’s ‘The Weather Maker’ reflects on his teenage years and what’s important to him now

A new side of Amanda Palmer

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 07:00
David James Young The musician’s new album, ‘There Will Be No Intermission,’ contains more than her provocative and flamboyant fare

American heroes: Sikh Captain America is enlisting more champions

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 06:00
Lisa Edge Building on the work of Sikh Captain America, photographer Nate Gowdy has launched a project to broaden people’s minds about who gets to be American, and how much truly unites us

Street Roots vendor profile: An ambassador for the Earth

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Perhaps Brandon’s most passionate cause is advocating for renewal of the U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement

Ground Score puts homeless Portlanders to work for a fair wage

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 03:00
Helen Hill Workers collect and sort recyclables and trash that would otherwise be left on the ground or shipped to landfills

In Clackamas County, court is a one-stop shop for social services

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:00
Emily Green While Clackamas County Community Court rolls out a new program, Multnomah County’s counterpart goes through the motions

SR editorial: Multnomah County homeless numbers remain stable, but so do the causes

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 01:00
SR editorial board 4,015 are experiencing homelessness, according to the 2019 Point In Time count; how are we going to fix this?

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I firmly believe that Street Roots was largely responsible for keeping the fate of inmate moms and their children on the minds of Oregonians. Because of Street Roots' in-depth reporting and tireless advocacy, the Oregon legislature overturned the Dept. of Corrections' decision to de-fund the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Thanks to Street Roots, the Family Preservation Project is alive and well today helping inmate moms build healthy bonds with their children

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