Rodney Haven works for Central City Concern’s Clean & Safe Program as a “restroom technician”, and has become an unofficial spokesperson for the Portland Loo. He has been featured in newspapers and videos across the country for his participation in various Portland Loo inaugural flushes as well as his day-to-day maintenance responsibilities.
Mr. Haven, formerly homeless and calling the shelter of the Ross Island Bridge “home” for some time, has worked with Clean & Safe for 4 years – taking care of the “loos” is his main job and he visits each of the public restrooms twice daily. He is also the first responder for emergency clean up needs in the facilities. Rodney disinfects the loos from top to bottom, removes graffiti, resolves clogs, disposes of trash and any drug paraphernalia and restocks supplies.
Rodney performs a thankless yet vital job, maintaining an amenity that services everyone in Portland, but most notably, Portland’s most vulnerable citizens - homeless people without a place to relieve themselves with dignity - a situation Rodney found himself in not too long ago. Rodney does this dirty job with an enthusiasm displayed in the video “Can’t Hardly Wait” that showcases the Spirit of Portland.