Clean Start program expanding to eastside Portland

Members of the Clean Start program clean up a mess in downtown Portland. (KATU Photo)

A program that helps keep streets clean in downtown Portland is expanding to the eastside.

The Clean Start program picks up litter, removes needles and works with homeless camps to help clean up their areas.

The program is launching its eastside project this week. It is hiring three more full-time employees to sweep for trash from 12th Avenue to the river and from Powell to Interstate 84.

"It's a great opportunity for our employees who are all formerly homeless or suffered from addiction issues to become productive members of society again and give back to the community," said Jay McIntyre, business director for Clean Start.

In addition to giving jobs to people who were formerly homeless or struggling with addictions, Clean Start also provides a six-month training program for formerly homeless people re-entering the workforce.

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