Hygiene4All represents thousands of hours of time over five years by its executive director, staff, and board talking with people living on Portland streets about problems and solutions to the city’s houseless crisis. The organization’s mission and approach are informed by this significant research, advocacy and lived experience, and by expertise generously shared by leaders in the city’s government, nonprofit, and business sectors.
Hygiene4All distills this knowledge and has paved a way forward that is based on data, the wisdom of advocates, and on the needs and desires of people living on the streets.
Executive Director Sandra Comstock has spent five years passionately engaged in Portland houseless advocacy and support, working with allies at organizations that include Street Roots, Sisters of the Road Café, Voz Day Laborers’ Center, the Portland Metro People’s Coalition, Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets (CAHOOTS), Portland State University’ Center for Public Interest Design, and the offices of Portland City Commissioners JoAnn Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly, and most recently Creating Conscious Communities with People Outside (C3PO).
The hub concept was born in 2018 out of advocacy for the houseless living on Portland’s Central East Side. At the time, an “enhanced service district” was proposed by the business community that would bring in a private security force to clear houseless people off the streets, pick up their trash, and clean up their bio-waste. Comstock - with Emily Von Gilbert and Benjamin Donlon- wrote an alternative proposal, one that called for a houseless led and run hygiene hub that would provide a place for people to safely use restrooms and showers, access clean clothing, legally dispose of household trash and find help with simple but critical health and safety problems. It would also be a place for the houseless to build community and organize for change. The idea for Hygiene4All was born.
Making it happen took two years of study, planning, relationship building, and fundraising.
We wouldn’t be here without our partners.
Thanks to all our friends, collaborators, and donors.
You’ve made something kind, hopeful, and community changing possible in Portland.
Charitable Partnership Fund
Garth Family Foundation
Hampton Family Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Regional Arts and Culture Council
Central Eastside Together
St. Andrews Church
Concept, Space, & Site Build Out
Creating Conscious Communities Outside (C3PO) Villagers
Gather: Make: Shelter
Multnomah County Bridges
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Portland State University Center for Public Interest Design
St. Francis Patrons
Sisters of the Road Hygiene Huddle
Staff and Volunteer Training
Gabrielle Felder, Raphael House
Jackie Thomson, Project Respond
Melanie Rios & Ridhi D’Cruz , Collaborate NW LLC
Pat Buckley, Old Town Clinic
Tighearnan Makibaka, PDX Community Defense
PDX Trans Housing Coalition
Supporting Our Society
Portland Street Books
Portland Street Medicine
Victory Project PDX
Chad Fackler, Director of Construction Rembold
Giovanna DiFalco, College Possible
Julia Mollner, Job Captain, Carleton Hart Architecture & E.D. Useful Waste
Lisa Patterson, Architect
Marta Pettini, Architect, CPID
Nick Hodge, Architect
Todd Ferry, Architect, CPID