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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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Outside In workers to vote on unionization

Street Roots News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 07:34
Joanne Zuhl The homeless-services nonprofit's pro-union employees say higher wages and raises are needed to retain staff and better serve clients

Guns, capitalism and race: A conversation with Bill Fletcher Jr.

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green We won't end racism until we end capitalism, says the radical thinker, writer and labor leader

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Street Roots has freed me'

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill ‘I love working. I love being independent,’ says Rich, who is looking for a job in construction and painting

When homeless patients can't go to clinic, the clinic goes to them

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe Lisa Kuettle drives Mosaic Medical's medical van to various sites around Central Oregon: 'You go to where they are'

A fierce advocate for Central Oregon's homeless residents

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe Stacey Witte dispenses knowledge, compassion and spare change at the Back Door Café, Central Oregon’s de facto homeless day center

Director’s Desk: Metro housing bond’s regional scope the right approach

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand We don’t have enough places that very poor people can afford to live

Old Town choir gets personal with performance about housing insecurity

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:30
Helen Hill The Maybelle Community Singers will lend their voice to a special appearance with the Oregon Symphony at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Homelessness and humanity in Central Oregon's juniper forests

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 07:00
Amanda Waldroupe Every Tuesday, volunteers of Central Oregon Veterans Outreach visit homeless camps outside Bend, bringing with them basic supplies and human connection

Labor: Time is now to endorse a Green New Deal

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 06:00
Robin Hahnel COMMENTARY | The imminent threat of climate change means globalization is now a necessity, not a convenience

Bipolar disorder with a bird’s-eye view

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 05:00
Mike Wold Zack McDermott’s memoir, ‘Gorilla and the Bird,’ describes his experience with bipolar disorder, the failure of the criminal justice system when it comes to mental health, and the unconditional support from his mother, ‘Bird.’

Street Roots vendor profile: A new job and big goals

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill Kris recently landed employment and plans to save money to get off the streets

Director's Desk: We are Street Roots because of your support

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 03:00
Kaia Sand In May, a generous donor will match your gifts up to $10,000

A Crooked Path Forward: My life defies logic

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | One man's course to a better life after trauma, depression, addiction, homelessness

Detroit's ‘the canary in the mine’ for Portland, says water equality activist

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green Monica Lewis-Patrick, Michigan’s water warrior, talks to Street Roots about lessons for the Rose City

People in crisis, with mental illness need sanctuary

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 05:00
Meredith Mathis Jason Renaud COMMENTARY | We should be turning away from ineffective and often deadly responses that place people in unfit institutions, such as jail or hospitals

The voices of resistance in ‘Isle of Dogs’

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 04:00
Annabel Brady-Brown Wes Anderson’s new film is not only star-studded and aesthetically pleasing. It also has a message.

In Prineville, 'the builders can’t even build fast enough'

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe Hit hard during the recession, the small city is now in the midst of an economic boom. Home construction is soaring – but so are rents. And low-income housing remains elusive.

What Portland’s proposed water assistance expansion would do

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 01:00
Emily Green The Portland Water Bureau aims to expand assistance to at-risk renters

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