Downtown Clean Team
The Downtown Clean Team ensures our streets and sidewalks are clean and passable and their work includes daily trash pickup of more than 300 trash cans, sidewalk pressure washing and graffiti removal. For information regarding the Downtown Clean Team, please contact 407.246.3603.
Our community is fortunate to have many organizations that provide food items and community meals several times a day within downtown Orlando to ensure those who are experiencing homelessness do not go hungry. Between the Christian Service Center and Coalition for the Homeless alone, these two organizations estimate they serve 39,000 lunches and 73,000 dinners annually.
Recently, the city changed its solicitation ordinance in order to comply with a new Supreme Court ruling that found anti-panhandling laws elsewhere in the nation to be unconstitutional as it is considered a right of free speech. Despite this change to the city’s ordinance, the Orlando Police Department continues to enforce aggressive solicitation and harassment ordinances to include:
- Solicitation of a person using an ATM
- Solicitation when blocking any legal parking area or structure
- Solicitation with harassment or the intent to harass (uses the Florida Statutes definition of bullying)
- Solicitation of a captive audience or after a refusal has been communicated (captive audience can be people in line waiting for a concert, people dining at a sidewalk café).
If you witness aggressive panhandling, please notify the Orlando Police Department.