CCC Clean Start

CCC Clean Start is a mentored work experience that fills cleaning and maintenance needs in the Portland metro area. Earning a regular paycheck, working collaboratively with co-workers and engaging with the public in a positive manner contributes to each individual's work history and confidence to pursue future employment opportunities. Peers provide mentoring, and are living examples of clean, sober, healthy and productive lives. CCC Clean Start currently serves three distinct local communities:

1) Downtown Clean & Safe: The Portland Downtown Business Improvement District contracts with Central City Concern to keep clean a 213-block area in central downtown and along the bus mall. In six-month trainee positions, our Clean & Safe employees remove graffiti, contribute to public safety, and keep downtown free of litter and debris. Clean & Safe hires its employees from CCC's  Community Volunteer Corps program.

Toward the end of their six-month work experience, Clean & Safe employees engage in practical, employment development workshops at the  Employment Access Center where they also may also access one-on-one assistance in the job search process. Some graduates of Clean & Safe move onto employment at Central City Concern in janitorial, maintenance, pest control and painting roles that maintain CCC’s 23 buildings.

2) CCC Clean Start PDX:  Clean up services at designated camping areas within the City of Portland. This program also manages a day use storage unit in downtown Portland.

3) CCC Clean Start Gresham: Clean up services at designated camping areas within the City of Gresham.

The CCC Clean Start program is a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) program and is a member of the REDF portfolio.