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HUCIRP Performance Measures

Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program Performance Measures

The following figures help to measure and track HUCIRP performance. Prior to HUCIRP, the Citywide Coordinated Campsite Cleanup Program was developed in FY 2014-15 as a need was identified by property-owning bureaus and City Council to centralize a coordinating entity to carry out campsite cleanup in compliance with the Anderson et. al. v. City of Portland settlement agreement.[1] HUCIRP replaced the Coordinated Campsite Cleanup Program as the group responsible for reducing the impact of unsheltered homelessness, associated trash, and bio-waste within the City of Portland while also integrating operations with the Joint Office of Homeless Services/A Home for Everyone. In FY 2017-18, HUCIRP increased its total staff from one full-time employee (FTE) to three FTEs, and the program’s budget substantially increased. At the same time, these metrics were developed as data points to help measure program success.

Last update: 04/9/2021


FY 14-15

FY 15-16

FY 16-17

FY 17-18

FY 18-19

FY 19-20

FY 20-21

Reports Received/Processed 139 3,643 17,293 25,460  35,005 41,717 42,478**
Campsite Removals Performed 139 139 571 3,122  2,828 2,169*** 152***
Total Cleanup Costs $171,113 $171,082 $578,992 $1,576,575  $2,155,030* $3,717,222* **
Avg. Direct Cost Per Removal $1,231 $1,231 $1,014 $505  $762* $1713*** **
Risk Assessments Performed n/a n/a n/a 2,971  4,640 11,440 9,979**
Garbage Collected (tons) n/a n/a n/a 1,301  1,954 3,275 2,510**
Needles Removed n/a n/a 8,215 346,793  457,461 91,915** 97,516**
Shopping Carts Removed n/a n/a 908 5,192  2,997 2,483 1,134**
Drug Paraphernalia Items Removed n/a n/a 1,110 5,742  16,212 60,692 37,409**
Bio-hazards Cleaned/Removed n/a n/a 241 2,099  4,538 9,614 5,519**
*Includes costs paid by ODOT.
**Indicates data that is missing or incomplete.
***These numbers are incomplete as methodologies for data collection shifted in response to COVID-19.

The following graphs show the number of campsite cleanups performed for each fiscal year and the average total direct cost per cleanup. HUCIRP’s budget to conduct cleanups has more than quadrupled since FY 2014-15 as the need to more holistically address unsanctioned urban camping has grown. Since FY 2016-17, the number of campsite cleanups has quintupled and, in the same period, the cost per cleanup has fallen by 50%.

The following graph indicates the average cost of cleanup per site. Note: FY 18-19 and FY 19-20 reflects costs paid by ODOT to conduct cleanups/removals on ODOT property.

[1] Anderson v. City of Portland, Civ. No. 08-1447-AA. (D. Or. Jul. 30, 2009)