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Nick Fish: My year-end report to the community

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 03:30
Nick Fish COMMENTARY | Housing, climate change and the arts are key issues the Portland city commissioner is committed to

Street Roots vendor profile: All about awareness

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 03:00
Leonora Ko Jeremy uses meditation to keep calm and anchored

New homeless liaison for Portland police must put streets first

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Director’s Desk | The effort needs to go toward listening to and representing unhoused communities

Portland police to hire homeless liaison

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:36
Street Roots Staff The bureau wants someone knowledgeable of homeless issues to train police to better respond to the needs of unsheltered communities

Psychotic city: Combination of meth plus mental illness plays out on Portland streets

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green But the cause of someone's psychotic symptoms is often a mystery to police – and even to doctors at first

Street Roots 2018 annual report

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 06:00
Street Roots A year of many gains and emotional losses

For David Schwimmer, new film brings deeper empathy, understanding of homeless crisis

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:00
Adrian Lobb The actor talks about producing a Christmas movie – a story of people in temporary housing trying to survive poverty

Street Roots vendor profile: Building stability over the years

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 03:00
Helen Hill 'Waking up every morning, for me, that’s spiritual,' says Jason

Director’s Desk: Courage comes in many forms – just like our vendors

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand A visit to Street Roots vendors at their sales posts shows that everyone is trying, as hard as it might be

SR editorial: Prioritize a more robust response to street crises

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:00
SR editorial board Portland must have a 24-hour, fast-responding service unit to address where people are, right now

Portland police chief responds to concerns from homeless community

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green John Emshwiller Danielle Outlaw tells Street Roots staff and vendors that police are chasing the radio while getting blamed for problems they cannot solve

Rethinking life sentences

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 05:00
Ann-Derrick Gaillot Our criminal justice system doesn’t always give second chances. But it should, says Ashley Nellis, of The Sentencing Project.

SR vendor profile: 'Blue collar all my life'

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill Jim has worked in a number of industries over the years – painting, manufacturing, printing, construction

Homeless in a woman’s body

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 03:00
Helen Hill Five Street Roots vendors talk about life on the streets

Celebrate 20 years of Street Roots with a commemorative beanie

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 01:00
Street Roots We are offering the gift to supporters who donate $75 or more

Wyden clears way for coal-supporter Manchin to head energy committee

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:00
Emily Green Fears that the West Virginian senator will derail climate change policy mount, but Wyden's office says he's promoting green energy in other ways

Transparency demanded in hiring of Portland police psychologist

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 07:00
Amanda Waldroupe Advocates call for competitive bidding and cultural diversity in the selection of the specialist who evaluates police recruits

Inside the mind of Joe Gould, a legendary but troubled writer

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:30
Joe Martin Book review | “Joe Gould’s Teeth” by Jill Lepore

Young people deserve sex education

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:00
Hannah Sokoloff-Rubin COMMENTARY | They should have the knowledge, power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies

A loss for words: Native American languages under threat

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 05:00
Rosalyn R. LaPier Despite the Native American Languages Act of 1990, the dialects of indigenous communities still face extinction


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