Whether it is raking leaves in the fall, shovelling snow in the winter, sweeping up sand and gravel in the springtime, or picking up trash throughout the year, the Clean Sweep Program (CSP) works diligently to keep our downtown streets and sidewalks clean.

CSP participants are out on weekday mornings from 6 am to 8 am before the businesses open to ensure the downtown area is ready and clean for the day. Participants are paid a stipend for the hours they spend cleaning our streets and lanes. The CSP program is dedicated to helping individuals in need obtain work while maintaining downtown aesthetics and appeal.

The program helps provide participants who struggle with chronic homelessness and are recovering from addiction with the tools necessary to become employable and re-enter the workforce. It also provides them with the opportunity to see value in caring for the community and themselves while forging positive relationships with our neighbourhood and other community members. The CSP helps participants form connections with employment and social services to help them gain meaningful mentorship and support. The CSP works with these services and organizations as part of the Social Housing in Action’s goal to help bring an end to homelessness in Lethbridge.