Lee: portland

Street Roots’ Israel Bayer steps down as director after 15 years at the helm

After 15 years at Portland street paper Street Roots, Israel Bayer has stepped down from his position as director. Speaking to INSP, he reflects on his time there, what it has been like working as part of the global street paper network, and what’s next for him and the organisation.

Our vendors: Loretta H. (Street Roots, Portland, USA)

Loretta H. talks to Street Roots about her journey to becoming a Street Roots vendor and the ways in which selling the magazine is giving her hope for the future.

Our vendors: Wally and Chauncey (Street Roots, Portland, USA)

Wally and Chauncey are a Street Roots selling, comedy double act. But it hasn’t always been a laugh. Here, they tell the story of how they met.

Our vendors: Norm Chamberlin (Street Roots, Portland, Oregon, USA)

When Norm lost his job and his home, it was thanks to the kindness of a stranger he ended up in housing once again. Now he sells Street Roots, accompanied by his dog Heidi. He says being a vendor is an adventure – and good for his mental health.

Vendor wishes: “I wish for peace in people’s hearts”

Eileen and Mike both sell Street Roots in Portland, USA. They join our vendor wishes series, both calling on the government to tackle affordable housing.

Our vendors: Janick Webb (Street Roots, Portland, USA)

“I stay positive by recognising the negatives first,” says Street Roots vendor Janick. “Get those out of the way, and figure out how to change the things you can change.”

Street Roots’ Cole Merkel wins Skidmore Prize for work with vendors

Street Roots’ inspiring Vendor Program Director, Cole Merkel, has been awarded the 2016 Skidmore Prize for his tireless work to support the Portland paper’s 150 vendors.

Our vendors: Bill Whicher (Street Roots, Portland, Oregon, USA)

Bill Whicher has a career that reads like the economic headlines, only more personal. He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, and now sells Street Roots in Portland.

Hard-hitting Street Roots zine shares Portland vendors’ experiences of sleeping rough

Street Roots vendors share their stories of homelessness and sleeping rough in a visually stunning black and white zine published by the Portland street paper.

“It’s not often you see a homeless vendor in a suit”: vendors from Massachusetts and Oregon meet

Street Roots vendor Marlon and Spare Change’s Mike are from opposite ends of the USA, but when they met they found common ground – as they both sell street papers.

Stunning photos place focus on Portland’s homeless

With his project Careful: Soul Inside, photographer Pedro Oliveira aims to break the “social wall” that makes homeless people invisible. His photos and stories emphasise the humanity of his subjects.

Street Roots’ #VendorWeek celebration captures Portland’s imagination

#VendorWeek may be over, but we’re looking back at some of the best bits. Street Roots were out in force on Twitter to celebrate their vendors. They also shared a moving video about Marlon – their best dressed vendor.