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The City of Portland, Oregon

Ted Wheeler

Mayor, City of Portland

main phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

Clean Start, Second Chance

In partnership with the City, Central City Concern's Clean Start program works hard to provide trash removal services to areas impacted by people experiencing homelessness throughout the city. Through the Clean Start program, 544 tons of trash and 29,296 needles were collected and removed in 2018.

But Clean Start is more than just a trash removal program. They believe in giving people second, third, and fourth chances. Their homeless-to-work program helps formerly homeless individuals earn a regular paycheck while providing them with an understanding, compassionate, and stable work environment. 

The Clean Start program assesses barriers to employment and helps people move on to permanent full-time employment. Most of the trainees receive housing in one of Central City Concern's housing buildings during their employment. Each year, since 2015, about 50 trainees go through the program. In 2019, it is expected that the program will expand to 70 trainees.

In the video, you’ll hear about David’s powerful story. For more information about Clean Start, please visit their website here.