Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

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.

Alex Gillow-Wiles

Vendor Program Staff
Relationship to Street Roots: 
Alex Gillow-Wiles started working with Street Roots as an intern through the Portland State Social Work program. He has since earned a Masters degree with a focus on housing equity and houseless rights, and has continued helping to develop grass roots community lead political advocacy at Street Roots. In addition to advocacy and outreach efforts, Alex helps staff the vendor space Saturdays and Sundays.

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