The Downtown Portland Clean & Safe cleaning crew keeps downtown clean seven days a week. In partnership with Central City Concern’s Clean Start Program, the program trains, mentors and employs workers who are formerly homeless or have other barriers to employment.
Cleaning crews sweep sidewalks, remove graffiti, pick up litter, and pressure wash outdoor surfaces. In addition to their routine routes, they also respond to immediate requests from downtown businesses.
Creating a safe place for everyone to enjoy is a top priority for our district. Downtown Portland Clean & Safe contracts with GardaWorld and the Portland Police Bureau, while also partnering with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office to provide enhanced security in the core 213-block area.
Working together, safety coordinators help resolve safety concerns happening in public spaces seven days a week. Our safety team is happy to answer questions, assisting visitors and Portlanders alike.
Community Health Outreach
Partnering with Bybee Lakes Hope Center, to help address Portland’s homeless and mental health crises. The new Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW) program will provide full-time community health outreach and navigation services within the 213-blocks of our district.
This program will coordinate with our janitorial and public safety coordinators to quickly process referrals for individuals experiencing houselessness who request and are open to receiving services. Our staff will work collaboratively with Portland Street Response, Project Respond, MCSO’s Hope team, PPB’s BHU and SCT programs, and the various private sector and non-profit organizations already working in this field within our district. The new program is expected to launch the last week of March 2023.
Downtown Portland Clean & Safe works with Integrated Avian Solutions to utilize urban falconry as a humane tactic to reduce the presence of roosting crows in the downtown core. The goal of the program is to move the crows to parks and green spaces to limit the need to clean sidewalks and other surfaces of crow excrement.
Downtown Portland Clean & Safe Ambassadors are eager to share everything that makes our neighborhood special. The Ambassadors are in the district Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ready to provide visitor assistance and insight. They are trained experts on local facts and attractions, can assist with basic first-aid, and help those in crisis who need access to food, shelter or supportive services.
The next time you are lost—or simply want a recommendation for a stellar food cart nearby—look for an Ambassador. They’re always eager to help make your Downtown Portland experience unforgettable for all the right reasons.
Our Policy Focus
Our vision is a Downtown Portland that is vibrant and welcoming for everyone. We advocate for city and county policies that prioritize: Increased safety and improvements to livability in the district; efforts to keep the streets and sidewalks clean in Downtown Portland; commerce and optimized use of retail space in key areas; small business support from city and marketing initiatives; keeping parks in downtown clean, safe and welcoming; supporting key partners to bolster the downtown retail ecosystem (Travel Portland, Prosper Portland, and others); and maintaining parking options for use by customers in the downtown core.