The Downtown Clean & Safe cleaning crew keeps downtown clean seven days a week. In partnership with Central City Concern, the Homeless-to-Work Program offers training and mentorship opportunities to workers that are formerly homeless or have other barriers to employment. For more than 20 years, Clean & Safe has offered this opportunity for formerly homeless individuals to re-enter the workforce.
Cleaning crews provide sidewalk sweeping, graffiti removal, litter and cigarette removal and pressure washing services in the district.
The Clean & Safe District also works with the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Patrol, Inc., the District Attorney's office, and the City’s Graffiti Abatement Program to reduce downtown graffiti. The program is responsible for removing roughly 15,000 graffiti tags in downtown Portland each year.
The graffiti removal program takes a simple yet sophisticated approach to reducing downtown graffiti. Clean & Safe cleaners use digital cameras to record an image of the graffiti prior to removal. The images are downloaded into a computer file, which includes location, size, and amount of time spent removing the vandalism. Once entered, the District Attorney, police, crime prevention coordinator, and Clean & Safe staff can readily retrieve the images for use in a criminal prosecution if an offender is apprehended.
Every day, Clean & Safe cleaners patrol downtown, removing trash, graffiti and cigarette butts and maintaining bus shelters, etc.
Highlight of cleaning stats (2015 and 2016*)
- 29,879 graffiti tags removed
- 32,343 bags of trash (485 tons)
- 9,897 needles
- 41,291 special attention clean-ups (biohazards)
- 37,265 graffiti tags removed
- 42,540 bags of trash (638 tons)
- 16,882 needles
- 52,048 special attention clean-ups (biohazards)
*Cleaners do not clean downtown parks.
Call Clean & Safe at 503.224.7383 to help with your cleaning issues:
- Graffiti removal
- Trash and cigarette pick-up
- Abandoned shopping carts