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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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Is the Portland area ready for participatory budgeting?

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 06:30
Jim Labbe COMMENTARY | Ordinary people have real power over real money to make decisions that affect their lives

Street Roots vendors, nurses helping each other

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 06:00
Helen Hill Concordia nursing students first came to Street Roots to understand the perspectives of people on the streets. Now they come to provide care.

Trying youths as adults: Taking aim at Measure 11

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 05:00
Emily Green Teens do better outside of detention, says attorney DeAnna Horne, who will participate in a panel exploring the policy's impact on youths, as well as reform efforts led by state lawmakers

Portland Talks: The No. 1 political issue in Oregon is...

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 04:00
Eric Sweger Street Roots vendor Eric Sweger asks readers to weigh in

Oregon could lead on cap-and-invest for carbon emissions

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Oregon could become the first 'normal' state to implement the program economy-wide, paving the way for the rest of the nation

SR editorial: Do not let federal threats foil safe injection sites

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 02:00
SR editorial board Criminalization is not, and never has been, the answer to a health crisis

Oregon DOJ declines criminal prosecution of Measure 105 signature gatherers

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 13:34
Emily Green Its investigation into first formal complaint alleging voters were misled into signing a petition to get the anti-sanctuary measure on the ballot found insufficient evidence

Expect 'many more victims' of predator priests: An interview with Mitchell Garabedian

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:00
Adam Sennott The thousand in Pennsylvania are just 'the first wave,' says the attorney who helped the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team investigate clergy sex abuse

Simon Pegg: Man on a mission

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 06:00
Simon Bland As his career reaches new heights – his 4th ‘Mission: Impossible’ film out and a new ‘Star Trek’ in the offing – the actor, writer and producer aims to stay true to himself

Drug deaths can be prevented; we all need to work on it

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 05:00
Haven Wheelock COMMENTARY | Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

Street Roots vendor profile: A voice for the voiceless

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 04:00
Sophie Ouellette-Howitz Jacob, whose work has been published in Street Roots and local anthologies, defines himself as a writer

Street Roots vendor's art featured at Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 03:30
Helen Hill Through her artwork, Phoebe Oaks aims to destigmatize spiritual experiences common to marginalized people

The price we pay for militarism

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 03:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | The United States' massive military spending means less money for everything else

Director’s Desk: Partnering income, housing gets us all across the finish line

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Mercy Corps Northwest is piloting a program for several Street Roots vendors, matching income they earn with money for housing costs

Reducing waste and empowering people in poverty

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:00
Helen Hill 'Waste pickers' can fill gaps in municipal waste management, Taylor Cass Talbott explains

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Working as fast and as hard as I can’

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:00
Leonora Ko Kitty is working on finding a place to stay with her children

Shining brightest in the dark: A concert in Portland's Shanghai Tunnels

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:00
Helen Hill 'Songs from the Shadows,' featuring songs by people who have experienced sexual trauma, will bring awareness to human trafficking and exploitation

Remembering Andy Howard: ‘His greatest super power was his optimism’

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 04:00
Katelynn Howard The Street Roots vendor's daughter shares an excerpt of the eulogy she wrote for her father

No, Portland's not sending all its homeless people to small Oregon towns

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Since the city rolled out the Ticket Home program, it’s been blamed for increases in homelessness in more rural areas of the state

Oregon Legislature to revisit mortgage subsidy reform

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 02:00
Joanne Zuhl Rep. Keny-Guyer is considering a proposal to limit the mortgage interest deduction, whose dollars disproportionately benefit wealthy Oregonians


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