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2012 Rose City Resource Guide is in!

The Dec. 2011-June 2012, Street Roots’ Rose City Resource Guide is in!

Street Roots will not be delivering guides until after the New Year. If you or your agency/organization would like to receive guides you can come into the office for pick-up Monday through Friday, 7:30AM until 3PM, at 211 NW Davis.

If you would like to inquire about the guide or have any questions please us at pdxrosecityresource@gmail.com.

The Rose City Resource Guide is a 104-page resource guide for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Portland region. Street Roots works with more than 200 organizations and institutions to distribute the guide, including social service providers, health care agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, government agencies and others.

Street Roots publishes the guide in partnership with the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the City of Gresham, United Way of Columbia-Willamette, 211info, the Portland Trail Blazers, Sisters Of The Road, NW Natural, Planned Parenthood, JOIN, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Transition Project Inc., Potluck in the Park, the Oregon Food Bank, Central City Concern, Portland Rescue Mission, Human Solutions and Swanson, Thomas and Coon Attorneys At Law.

New SR Rose City Resource Guide on the streets!

Street Roots is in the process of delivering the new resource guide to nearly 150 organizations around town. In the meantime, if your agency or organization needs guides you can pick them up at 211 NW Davis between 7:30 a.m. and 4:oo p.m.

Breaking: Catholic fund drops Street Roots over Planned Parenthood listing

Catholic fund drops Street Roots over Planned Parenthood Listing: An in-depth report looks at how politics and religion mix in the world of charitable giving

After five years of financial support through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Street Roots was informed this spring that it would no longer be eligible for funding.

The reason given by the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon was the a single listing in Street Roots’ Rose City Resource, a pocket-sized booklet listing 300-plus resources for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. There, under the category of health care, was a listing for Planned Parenthood, which in a half-inch space included a description of the various basic services, including contraception, that the organization provides to low- or no-income customers seeking health care.

The message from CCHD managers at the Portland Archdiocese, although supportive of the booklet’s overall mission, was made clear in terms of funding: If Planned Parenthood remained in the booklet, CCHD, in keeping with Catholic teaching, could no longer fund Street Roots. Street Roots decided to keep the listing.

But what was behind the call? What changed? How did a piece of information suddenly morph into a theological offense?

That question launched a two-month investigation into how community organizing groups across the country, including the seven noted in the story, were losing funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, that nation’s largest funder of self-help, social justice groups for the poor. Behind these moves by the Church is a renewed and revitalized push by conservative organizations within the Catholic community that are using allegations of doctrinal and political offenses to defund community organizing, social justice and empowerment of the poor. More than 50 CCHD-funded organizations have been investigated and labeled “anti-Catholic” by a reform movement that has prompted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to reconsider how it funds community organizing. In the balance are thousands of cash-strapped nonprofits that CCHD supports, and the millions of poor and disenfranchised people who rely on these programs that today serve as proxy to government initiatives.

The impact of this conservative campaign, and the consequences to the organizations in their sights, are compiled in an in-depth report in the Sept. 17 edition of Street Roots, which will be available through all of our vendors on Friday. Our editorial, which follows, addresses Street Roots’ view on this disturbing trend and the consequences to all organizations working to end poverty:

What we believe in

What is made evident to Street Roots, time and again, is that many things can get in the way when you’re trying to do what’s right.

Homelessness and poverty are a national crisis, a stain on our collective will to maintain a society that believes in equality and justice.

Homelessness touches every Portlander in one way or another, and has so for decades. And in that time, the issue — and effective ways to address it and help people  — has left local communities strained, divided and dumbfounded as to the correct formula for dismantling the institution that homelessness has become.

In each issue of Street Roots, and the Rose City Resource, you will find information on a wide variety of individuals, organizations and institutions. That includes groups working in the faith-based communities, the private sector, law enforcement, hospitals, service providers, government and advocates. All of them work in one form or another to eradicate poverty, and all of its manifestations — domestic violence, human trafficking, drug addiction, unemployment, mental illness, post-traumatic disorders, economic disaster and so on.

Street Roots prides itself on not being pinned to any one ideology or agenda, and doing our best to both report and distribute information to the general public that will ultimately make a difference and create real change.

That’s why being defunded ($5-10k annually) by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) through the Portland Archdiocese for our listing of Planned Parenthood (See page 1, On the left side of God.) in the Rose City Resource is a shot to the heart, and ultimately a shot at our entire community that is working to end homelessness.

Knowing the paramount importance of health care for people in poverty, particularly for young women, we have an obligation to note the tremendous resources of Planned Parenthood, and a host of other health organizations, working with people on our streets. And we’re proud to do so. Likewise, we’re proud to provide information on the diverse organizations working to solve homelessness and poverty within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. And we are equally proud to list and report on a host of faith-based programs, including the many services of the Catholic Church.

The point being, nothing is black or white about poverty. And blind ideology in any form has no place at the table when it comes to solving homelessness. By defunding Street Roots for listing Planned Parenthood, and other groups for similar reasons, CCHD is drawing a disturbing and potentially disruptive line in the sand. CCHD is the largest private group funding community organizing in the United States, and pulling its support is a blow to community and grassroots organizing at both the local and national level.

Street Roots is small train that carries a heavy load. The load just got a lot heavier because not only are we losing core funding, but it’s questionable as to the extent that we can work with other community groups supported by the church for fear of putting those organizations at jeopardy for the association — all because we believe that the community should have access to the resources available to them. It is this resourcefulness that empowers people to overcome obstacles, to come together around a larger cause and to improve the lives of everyone in the community. That is what we believe in.

Here are is what Street Roots Executive Director Israel Bayer had to say on the matter:

“At the end of the day, a witch hunt is a witch hunt, and that’s exactly what Street Roots and dozens of community organizations working to fight poverty in the United States are facing, a witch hunt born out of fear and intolerance. And let’s be clear, this is far from over. Every group that currently receives funds from CCHD is being asked to not take part in activities, or align themselves with the very groups it will take to dismantle poverty in this country. In our case, the very tool is the Rose City Resource guide. The guide gives people experiencing homelessness and poverty a chance to become their own advocates through education, and now it’s being used against us because we have chosen to deliver to people, without judgment, the resources that are available to them in our community.”

We know many people in the community have an interest in this story on one side or the other. We want to hear from you. Read the entire 5,000 word, in-depth investigation in Street Roots tomorrow, Sept. 17.

New SR Rose City Resource Guide (July-Dec.) on the streets

New Street Roots Rose City Resource Guide is on the streets. Make an order or visit us at 211 NW Davis (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon-Sat.) to pick yours up today.

Rose City Resource on the streets


The  Nov.-Dec. Rose City Resource hits the streets today. Why just today we delivered more than 9,000 guides to homeless services, law enforcement, and hospitals.

Don’t forget to check out the Rose City Resource online.


One of two pallets that came in today.

A site of the times: New Rose City Resource Guide Web site


Street Roots is proud to announce the next evolution in the Rose City Resource Guide, a new Web site that will revolutionize the way people experiencing homelessness and poverty and social workers access services in the metro region.

The new Web site  — www.rosecityresource.org — is user-friendly with the most updated list of services and information for people living in crisis in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

After clicking on each service you will find mapping functions, bus lines, hours, and what specific services are offered from that each agency. Each service is displayed with easy printing functions.

(The Rose City Resource offers the latest information on clothing, counseling and mediation, dental, domestic violence, employment and training, financial assistance, food boxes, food stamps, GLBTQI services, health care, hospital emergency rooms, hotlines, legal services, leisure and entertainment, meals, pet care, public restrooms, recovery services, renters resources, shelters, syringe exchanges, transitional housing, utility assistance, veterans and youth services.)

All of the services on the site are also available in Spanish.

And that’s not all. When Street Roots began this project we looked at many Web sites that offer listings of services about poverty and homeless in Portland and across the country. While many groups offer specific information about services, none had developed a centralized place for education and empowerment. How could we create a Web site that wasn’t just a hand out, but instead offered a deeper perspective on the issues of homelessness, poverty and civil rights? We wanted to dig deeper, so, we did.

Under the “Policy” section, we offer a place for students, researchers, journalists, community organizers and others to access information about homelessness and poverty. You will find annual reports for each year of Portland’s 10-year plan along with reports on affordable housing, the latest reports locally and nationally from institutes and think-tanks on the issue, and the latest thinking on messaging and talking points. If you care about the homeless and poverty issues, and are a policy geek, this is the place for you.

Under the “Know Your Rights” section readers and organizers will find the latest laws affecting homelessness and poverty, how to appeal those laws/legal services at people’s disposal. The goal of this section is to be a centralized location for homeless folks, social services workers, and community organizers to have quick and easy access to the latest information on laws commonly directed at people living in poverty. It’s also a bonus for researchers and students.

Link to us! On the home page you will find our logo and HTML code for organizations and media outlets to link to the Rose City Resource Guide. We encourage your group to use this!

For Street Roots, the Web site serves site as a database to update information and extract it directly into our layout programs for the print guide. We now have the ability to update the information in real time with the help of services themselves. On the homepage you will find a link with a form that goes directly to our resource specialist if updates are needed.

The popular print guide will continue to be printed and distributed throughout the region. In the past two years more than 120,000 English and nearly 20,000 Spanish guides have been distributed to more than 300 public/private and faith-based groups working with people on the streets.

The guide has been overwhelmingly successful, cutting down on staff time for agencies creating makeshift lists. More importantly, it’s a tool for relationship building, education and accessing up to date information on services available to people in need.


Israel Bayer
Street Roots Executive Director

Help us continue to serve the community by donating to the Rose City Resource via a secure link through our friends at Democracy in Action. Donate today!

Partners and kudos:
– Street Roots partnered with volunteers from the City of Gresham Maps and Data Services Program, Americorps NWSA, and a slew of local open source web developers and local businesses including Metal Toad Media, Incite Development, OpenSourcery,  Shomeya Inc., happy, inc., Evoltech, drewish.com, and numerous other community developers from the Portland Drupal User Group to make the site a reality. Also on the team, donating her time long-distance via the interwebs, was Austin TX designer Andrea Couch from Creative Pickle.

Sarah Beecroft, a local Web page designer, should be thanked profusely for driving the entire project and connecting Street Roots to the many groups that helped make this project possible.

– The print edition of the Rose City Resource is made possible through the partnership of Street Roots, the City of Portland, 211 Info and the United Way of Columbia-Willamette.

Rose City Resource web team has a party


Street Roots along with all of our partners held a party hosted by OpenSourcery in March to celebrate the making of the Rose City Resource Web site. Continue reading

The new Spanish Rose City Resources are available!

Nov. 11, 2008

eddyrosecityresource1Street Roots is now publishing 5,000 Spanish Rose City Resource Guides on a quarterly basis.

The Rose City Resource is a publication of Street Roots in partnership with the City of Portland, 211 Info and the United Way of Columbia-Willamette. The guide is Portland’s most comprehensive and updated list of services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

The 80-page booklet serves people who may not otherwise have access to a computer or social-service agency, and allow individuals the opportunity to be independent in their search for services that fit their specific needs.

For more information and to receive the resources call Eddy Barbosa at 503.228.5657 or e-mail us at pdxrosecityresource@hotmail.com.

Posted by Israel Bayer

Updated Rose City Resources are on-line…

On-line Rose City Resource Guide.