Our Story

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.

Fiscal Sponsor

Charitable Partnership Fund

Grant Support

Garth Family Foundation

Hampton Family Foundation

Healy Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Regional Arts and Culture Council

Central Eastside Together

Southeast Uplift

St. Andrews Church 

Concept, Space, & Site Build Out

AmeriCorps 

Creating Conscious Communities Outside (C3PO) Villagers

City Repair

Gather: Make: Shelter 

Multnomah County Bridges

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Portland State University Center for Public Interest Design

Rembold Properties

Phlush

St. Francis Patrons

Simple Box 

Sisters of the Road Hygiene Huddle

SymbiOp

Useful Waste

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 

Hub Supplies

PDX Trans Housing Coalition

Supporting Our Society

Period, Inc

Portland Street Books

Portland Street Medicine

Victory Project PDX

Critical Humans

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

© 2020 Hygiene4All

Hygiene 4 All is a project of the Charitable Partnership Fund, a publicly supported, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.

All Donations are tax deductible

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