Our outreach team works closely with our Ambassadors and other staff members to identify and reach out to people who are experiencing homelessness. We have formed relationships with numerous community based organizations and believe that homelessness requires an interdisciplinary approach.
The Lower Polk CBD works closely with city agencies and non profits to help beautify and modernize the district. From tree plantings, lighting, alley way cleanups and more. We hope to make Polk Street a vibrant place for residents and visitors alike. Learn more about upcoming beautification projects.
The Lower Polk Community Benefit District is engaging in a pilot program with Terracycle for recycling cigarettes, in April 2017, 5 cigarette recycling posts will be set up along Polk St. Every year, billions of cigarette butts end up in dumpsters and landfills, or get tossed as litter on shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across the US. The waste collected through this program is recycled into a variety of industrial products.
The combined deployment of the staffed JCDecaux bathroom and our Mobile Relief Center have caused a large drop in human waste and improperly discarded needles in the neighborhood. Throughout the Lower Polk CBD human waste 311 calls are down by 34% (2015 vs. 2016) Likewise 311 needle reports in the Lower Polk CBD are down a whopping 58% (2015 vs. 2016).
Our Neighbors. Our Neighborhood.
Lower Polk Street is home to hundreds of unique stores, merchants, businesses, and restaurants which help to serve the diverse residential population in the district. Here’s a quick look at our community.
- Population – 36,800+
- Households – 24,000+
- Median Income – $52,684
- Businesses – 2,761
- Median Age – 37.8 years
“Thanks for all that you are doing to improve the neighborhood!”
Sheryl The Natural Mattress Store
“Thank you for all the work that you've done so far. I'm grateful daily for the street cleaning that helps make our neighborhood more inviting when often feces and trash blowing in the wind were a normal greeting at my business door. I'm happy to report that 2016 was the year of the least amount of vandalism to my storefront since I opened six years ago. There were some rough days between then!”
Erik The Blue Buddha