Clean Sweep

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Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo's Operation Clean Sweep Initiative brings together city, state and federal partners - in conjunction with local health and human services providers and community groups - to eliminate blight and further reduce crime to record lows, while providing needed social services. Clean Sweep is organized and implemented through a three-pronged approach: Beautification and Restoration, Outreach and Education, and Codes and Law Enforcement. Over a six-month period, teams descend on target neighborhoods in all nine Council Districts, on a rotating basis each week.

Activities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Boarding up abandoned structures
  • Removing graffiti and debris
  • Code enforcement
  • Community policing
  • Trimming trees
  • Repairing signs
  • Going door-to-door offering governmental, employment and health & human services information

Recognized for Innovation

Mayor Brown and the City's Operation Clean Sweep program has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the city and its residents by leveraging non-traditional, innovative approaches to improve the overall quality-of-life and to promote an even stronger sense of community engagement and involvement. Residents know that by working together with their local government, they are an important force in improving and maintaining the integrity of the communities in which they work and live. 

The use of an inter-department and inter-agency collaborative approach to pool resources from federal, state and local government and community groups/non-profits puts forward a new innovative model for cost-effective public sector service and private sector partnership.

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