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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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Notable and Quotable: Our favorites from 2018

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

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

Nick Fish: My year-end report to the community

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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.

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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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