Homelessness In America: The Journey Home | Israel Bayer | TEDxPortland

Simply put, homelessness is not normal. In Portland, OR, Israel fights to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. He is on the front line advocating and addressing this modern day humanity crisis. The City of Roses continues to grow and develop, there is a push and pull on our wonderland. And at the center of our urban renewal we must not forget helping people of all walks of life, especially on our streets.

Israel fights to give a voice to those who can not afford free speech by focusing his efforts into the street newspaper movement. He is an award-winning housing advocate, journalist, poet, painter and photographer with over 15 years of experience in street newspapers.
Israel currently serves as the Executive Director of Street Roots, a weekly street newspaper in Portland that serves to cover issues that impact the low-income and homeless residents of the city. He also worked for Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle. Israel also served the movement nationally as a part of the North American Street Newspaper Association.

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