The Portland Opportunity Crew is a pilot program building on the successes several other cities have had such as in Albuquerque, New Mexico and San Jose, California. The program will offer panhandlers the opportunity to earn money to clean up public areas and linking them with needed services, such as job training and support. Program participants will be paid minimum wage, which in Portland is $10.68 an hour, at the end of the shift.
The City's Social Services Division will partner with the City's Parks Division to implement this program. It will operate two days a week for approximately 36 weeks from late April to November, and on each day up to five people will be hired.
For more information on this program, please read the documents below or reach out to Julie Sullivan, Senior Advisor to the City Manager, at 207-874-8689.