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DPC&S Announces Request for Proposals for its Community Outreach Program

We acknowledge and value the time required to submit a complete and thorough RFP, and we thank you for your interest and proposal. Proposal submissions will be accepted through Friday, May 6th at 5:00pm.

Organization Background
Downtown Portland Clean & Safe provides extraordinary services to the people, places, and businesses within a core 213-block area of the City of Portland. Operating since 1988, the Enhanced Services District is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful enhanced service districts in the nation.

The Downtown Services Program includes:

  • The Downtown Clean & Safe Program of Public Safety, Janitorial, Community Health Outreach, and Sidewalk Ambassadors.
  • The Downtown Retail Development Program of Retail Retention and Recruitment, Market Research, Promotions, Communications, and Holiday Lighting.
  • The Downtown Economic Development Program of Business and Economic Development.

Additional services include but are not limited to: City and County Advocacy for policies that prioritize improvements to livability, increased safety, business sustainability that supports key partners to bolster the retail ecosystem, and collaborating with partners for an equitable city.

The Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW) Program

To achieve Downtown Portland Clean and Safe’s vision of a safe and vibrant City for all who work,
live, and visit Portland, we are expanding our Community Outreach and Community Health
Services to include a Community Health Outreach Team of at least two (2) Community Health
Outreach Workers and one (1) supervisor/program coordinator. DPC&S will ensure that the
CHOW team will have access through contracted services to a licensed mental health clinician for
specific case related supervisory needs and training.

Since 1997 DPC&S has funded four Portland Police Bureau (PPB) sworn bike patrol officers in the
downtown area. As PPB employees, these officers work with DPC&S Safety Coordinators in
response to a request for Bike Patrol assistance through the Safety Coordinator dispatch system.
They also work alongside the Janitorial staff providing support at larger clean-up special projects.
The Bike Unit will also be available to respond, when necessary, in support of DPC&S CHOW
personnel. Bike Patrol officers must always follow all PPB protocols and procedures. Bike Patrol
Officers work within the Clean and Safe Enhanced Services District boundaries.

The CHOW program will work collaboratively with other government and nonprofit organizations
such as Portland Street Response, JOHS, Project Respond, PPB BHU, and others as appropriate
opportunities allow.

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), Downtown Portland Clean & Safe, (DPC&S) solicits
competitive proposals for the provision of a Community Health Outreach Team for the
Community Outreach and Health Services for:

  • The Enhanced Services District (ESD) of Downtown Portland Clean and Safe, which
    consists of 213 blocks in Downtown Portland (see the full RFP for a detailed map).

DPC&S intends to award an exclusive contract to the successful Proposer according to the required
Community Health Outreach Worker services and provisions detailed within the RFP.
The Community Health Outreach Worker program will work collaboratively with the Janitorial
Services Program, the Public Safety Program, and the PPB Bike Unit at their invitation.


Submittal Requirements
Proposals submitted in response to the RFP will be evaluated by comparing the quality, completeness, and competitiveness of the proposal against the criteria listed in the Evaluation Criteria section of the RFP and the needs of DPC&S. To facilitate evaluation, please make sure to include a Table of Contents and organize your proposal as outlined under section 4.0 Submittal Requirements And Evaluation Criteria. 

The proposer must address each element clearly and concisely to be eligible for achieving maximum points. DPC&S will also perform independent research and internet-based search to learn about the proposers from publicly available data as well as contact relevant partner agencies (PPB, DPSST, Multnomah County D.A.) to verify collaborative and credible history of conduct.

Contact Information
We acknowledge and value the time required to submit a complete and thorough RFP, and we thank you for your interest and proposal. Please submit all complete proposals and questions directly to Executive Director Downtown Portland Clean & Safe, Mark Wells at