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Clean Start is a homeless-to-work program operated by Central City Concern. Established in 1996, Clean Start provides trash removal and cleaning services to the Portland metro area.

Over the span of six months, Clean Start trainees receive peer mentoring while learning job skills and building confidence for future employment opportunities. They are also connected to Central City Concern’s wraparound services, including supportive housing, integrated health care, addiction treatment, employment assistance and more. The majority of trainees exit the program with long-term employment and housing.

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