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HUCIRP Performance Measures

Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program Performance Measures

We are using the following performance metrics measure and track success associated with the Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP). It is important to note that HUCIRP is a relatively new City program. 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.

The data used to complete the following table is updated quarterly. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a number, the data is incomplete. FY 2018-19 figures will not be fully realized until the fiscal year ends on June 30, 2019.

Action

FY 14-15

FY 15-16

FY 16-17

FY 17-18

FY 18-19*

Reports Received/Processed 139 3,643 17,293 25,460 27,785*
Cleanups Performed 139 139 571 3,122 2,057*
Total Cleanup Costs $171,113 $171,082 $578,992 $1,576,575 $1,349,588*
Avg. Direct Cost Per Cleanup $1,231 $1,231 $1,014 $505 $656*
Risk Assessments Performed n/a n/a n/a 2,971 3,406*
Garbage Collected (tons) n/a n/a n/a 1,301 1,554*
Needles Collected n/a n/a 8,215 346,793 31,943*
Shopping Carts Removed n/a n/a 908 5,192 2,320*
Drug Paraphernalia Items Collected n/a n/a 1,110 5,742 12,067*
Human Waste Removed (gallons) n/a n/a n/a 8400 *
Bio-hazards cleaned/removed n/a n/a 241 2,099 3,533*
Follow-Up Communications with Community n/a n/a 1,500 3,210 *
Storage Space for Personal Property Storage (sq. ft.) n/a n/a 1,000 1,500 5,500*
*An asterisk delineates data that is missing or incomplete.

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:


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