If you’ve spent any length of time in the Garment District, chances are you’ve seen our public safety and sanitation staff on the sidewalks. Dressed in their blue uniforms bearing the Alliance’s logo, the Garment District Alliance’s public services staff is on duty seven days a week.
SCORING CLEAN MARKS
By working in conjunction building management, businesses and the NYC Department of Sanitation, the Garment District Alliance Sanitation crew keeps the neighborhood clean. On duty seven days a week, the Garment District Alliance's sanitation staff keeps streets and sidewalks clean and also remove graffiti and perform maintenance on the street including street furniture painting and steam-cleaning of sidewalks.
Due to our fantastic sanitation staff, our streets and sidewalks are regularly rated 99% and above by the Mayor’s Operation Scorecard. To achieve those ratings, the Garment District Alliance's sanitation staff has collected 10,002.6 tons of garbage in 1,454,576 bags since 1993.
CLEANLINESS IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY
While the Garment District Alliance's sanitation team is on duty seven-days-a-week, it is critical (and mandatory) that each and every business does its part to make sure the Garment District looks its best. Remember: It’s the LAW – but it’s also good for business. In addition to being available on our website, the Guide was distributed by hand to each property and ground floor establishment.
The Garment District Alliance’s 23 uniformed public safety officers keep the district safe seven days a week, and work closely with the NYPD and related agencies to target areas of concern. They also provide district building managers with special safety bulletins and programs to improve security and provide general information to pedestrians. Public safety officers and department supervisors regularly attend training seminars and participate in various public safety committees and programs aimed at providing best practices, counter terrorism training opportunities and information sharing.
The Garment District Alliance has collaborated with Urban Pathways for the past several years in an ongoing effort to find appropriate assistance for those in need. As part of its contact with the Alliance, a representative from Partnership for the Homeless monitors the streets every weekday and on two weekends per month. In addition to engaging clients, this service person assesses individual needs, offers referral options and helps clients make decisions that will direct them towards life off the street. Services offered include transport and referrals to hospitals, shelters, city social service agencies, detox centers and drug treatment programs.
A Long-Term Solution
Although the Garment District Alliance has been successful in referring the homeless to a variety of temporary services, the Alliance believes that permanent housing, coupled with appropriate health and social services, is the best way to address this problem. Toward that end, the Garment District Alliance worked closely with the Street to Home Initiative, which shares this philosophy. Over the last few years, our efforts have resulted in several individuals being processed into their own apartments, and several more were admitted into other social service agencies that also help to provide permanent housing for homeless individuals.