The Central City Bed was created by Central City Concern staff and a local steel manufacturer in response to a persistent and costly problem - bed bugs!
As a nonprofit developer and operator of affordable housing since the early 1980s, Central City Concern is a diligent steward of more than 1,600 units of housing. The agency works to keep tenants comfortable, costs reasonable and operations as sustainable and green as possible. In the early 2000s, bed bugs infested buildings across the country and Central City Concern buildings were affected. Although maintenance staff rapidly mastered pest control practices, hundreds of its standard wooden bed frames ended up in landfills because bed bugs could not be permanently eradicated from them.
In 2009, Central City Concern was in the market to purchase 220 beds for its new Madrona Studios building. The agency searched for a sustainable, bed bug resistant bed frame without success. In collaboration with a local steel fabricator and mattress manufacturer, Central City Concern staff tackled the problem themselves, designing a bed with features unwelcoming to bed bugs. Read more about the evolution of our products in this recent article from the Portland Business Journal.
Profits generated by the sale of Central City Bed products go to Central City Concern's employment programs that help people permanently end their homelessness and create self-sufficient lives.