Waking-Up to Safer, Healthy Communities

CLEAN STREETS CLEAN STARTS is on the move in Van Nuys, Encino, North Hollywood, Northridge, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, North Hills...

Directed by Don Larson, Northridge Beautification Nonprofit Foundation's Clean Streets Clean Starts is about Boots-On-The-Ground Homeless-to-Work Programs bringing some order to the chaos. Partnering with Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, government, NGOs, business, social services, churches, youth, academia, law enforcement, and You.

"Thank you, thank you!
I wanted to express my gratitude for your continued commitment and service to our Trashbusters. Each event has been amazing, but this last one was truly special. Your commitment to the community and to this group of young people is empowering. Really, I know it's just words, but I sincerely thank you and your team for all your hard work in making every event a success." March 18, 2019 - Mandy Nasr, Senior Librarian, Northridge Branch  L. A. Public Library   

“We forged partnerships like the one with The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, the Northridge Beautification Foundation and CD 12 that created the Clean Streets, Clean Starts program – for which we won double the maximum grant award as well as the Mayor’s Game Changer award for pairing homeless volunteers with the local beautification team to clean their community, while they gain access to services, grow their confidence and renew their dignity.  This program has expanded to serve the entire San Fernando Valley.  This was just a small piece of the overall Neighborhoods FIRST strategy that saw a 19% reduction in homelessness in CD 12 over a one-year period."   Feb. 15, 2019 -- A Fond Farewell from our Chief of Staff Nicole Bernson




"Simply taking a hands-off approach and creating a constitutional right to live on the street is not going to improve things at all; in fact, we’re seeing that it’s making things much worse."

- Theane Evangelis

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

- Mahatma Gandhi

“Crystal meth puts you in one of the deepest holes to climb out of. It rots people from the inside out and absolutely owns their lives, and they will do anything in order to exist on it and pursue it.” - LAPD Chief Michael Moore

“I don’t believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse.” - Anderson Cooper

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."  - Mae West

"Keep your spurs clean." - Cowboy Hank


"Just start, and you will see and find it." - Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

"The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them." - Albert Einstein

"One person can make a difference. In fact, it is not only possible for one person to make a difference, it is essential that one person makes a difference. And believe it or not, that person is you." - Bob Riley

"Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future for which I have already worked, is mine." - Nikola Tesla

"Your Heart guides you, Your Wings take you & You are Crowned for Achievements." - Ann Booth  

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. " - Emily Dickinson

"What lies behind us and what lies before us, are all small matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.  You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” 

- Michael Jordan

"The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them."  - Albert Einstein

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  - Theodore Roosevelt