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Street Roots

Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for change.

Bottom Line for Portland

Street Roots helps more than 800 individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty earn an income every year through selling our newspaper. Once COVID-19 hit, Street Roots sprung into action, helping our vendors and our city’s houseless community access over $500,000 in relief and assistance money. Meanwhile, our vendors formed an Action Team and became essential public health workers, bringing hygiene supplies and other essentials to unhoused folks all over Portland.

"They’re there to help, offering opportunities. You get to help yourself. And if you don’t know yourself, you’ll find yourself at Street Roots." – Gary Barker, Street Roots vendor

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