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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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When Portland’s Old Town was the North End

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:00
Doug Kenck-Crispin Aa snapshot of a few blocks of Portland’s past

The Portland IWW: Revolution and music

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 07:00
JD Chandler Cultural resistance – through graphic design, cartoons and songs – was one of the Wobblies’ most effective tools

Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown: ‘The original downtown’

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 06:00
Joanne Zuhl Street Roots reflects on some of the characters that made Old Town what it was – and is today

Street Roots vendor writing: Dreaming of reading ‘Anna Karenina’

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 05:00
J. Juno "I had to read because this was never about just reading a book. It was never about 'Anna Karenina.' This was about me and me fighting me."

Street Roots vendor profile: A poet in our midst

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Daniel says Street Roots inspired him to write poetry

Retirements prompt mass eviction at affordable refuge in downtown Portland

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe City’s relocation funds will help tenants with the move, but loss of affordable units could make it tough to find new homes

SR editorial: Time for Oregon Legislature to discuss rent stabilization

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 02:00
SR editorial board We’re in a housing crisis. We need to lift the pre-emption on rent control.

2 books that explore Big Pharma’s role in the opioid crisis

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 01:00
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | ‘Dopesick’ and ‘Pain Killer’

Celebrating the grit and humanity of Portland's Old Town

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 01:00
Street Roots A series of stories about the city's oldest neighborhood

How we can avoid climate disaster

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green We don’t need to focus on every little solution; just a few that work, says energy policy expert Hal Harvey

Street Roots vendor profile: Busting stereotypes about people on the streets

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00
Helen Hill William’s passion is to help others stop judging homeless people

We are standing our ground for justice at the border

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:00
Pat Rumer COMMENTARY | We showed up with love at the fence as thousands of asylum seekers await their chance to enter the U.S.

Notable and Quotable: Our favorites from 2018

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 04:00
Street Roots Highlights from some of our newsmakers of the past year

Saving lives at sea: The ripple effect of a global refugee crisis

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:30
Birgit Müller Jonas Füllner At the height of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, commercial ships rushed to the rescue, often traumatizing sailors

Under the shadow of Vista Bridge: There is hope in the face of suicidal thoughts

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Proper access to mental health care saved my life

A new year and so many possibilities for Street Roots

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 01:30
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Join us in building our future; your support matters

DeVon Pouncey: A new face at Street Roots

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 01:00
Helen Hill Street Roots’ new vendor program coordinator emphasizes communication in a challenging role

Port of St. Helens decision clears way for expanded oil shipments

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:00
Stephen Quirke Local critics says commissioners rushed the Port Westward vote and were not receptive to opposition

Stretched thin: Solutions sought for Portland social workers

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe Local agencies weigh budget options to alleviate the high-stress and low-wage conditions social-service workers face on the front lines of the homeless crisis

What Street Roots vendors are thankful for this holiday season

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 04:00
Street Roots They're grateful for life, love, friends, their customers, and more


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

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

- Brian Lindstrom, Filmmaker