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What is the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District? The mission of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District is to provide services that improve the quality of life in the neighborhood, emphasizing clean, safe, beautiful streets. They also promote the area’s economic vitality, foster the Castro’s unique district identity, and honor its diverse history.

They do this by:

  • Holding meetings to get the community’s input about various projects and concerns regarding the Castro District. They hold regular monthly CBD Board of Directors meetings on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Castro Community Room, 501 Castro St. 2nd floor (above the Bank of America). Meetings are open to the public and are wheelchair accessible. For more information about upcoming meetings, click here:

  • Giving community members the chance to volunteer for the District they love as a Castro Ambassador. Castro Ambassadors volunteer to provide a friendly and hospitable impression of the Castro by directing pedestrians to civic, shopping and business destinations. Volunteer Ambassadors are equipped with training, uniforms, maps and other tools to help them talk to tourists and direct them to places of interest. Ambassadors receive ongoing support from a team coordinator. Interested in becoming a Castro Ambassador and showing pride for your neighborhood? Email Andrea Aiello, Executive Director at or call 415-500-1181.

  • Keeping the Castro clean and safe with an extensive and thorough cleaning schedule that operates 365 days a year, and special security services. [Check out the full cleaning schedule here:] The Castro CBD contracts with S.F. Patrol Special Police to provide additional security for our public places. The Castro CBD joins with other merchants in the neighborhood to pay for Patrol Special services. Currently funding is available to hire one Patrol Special officer to walk the beat in the neighborhood during the evening hours.
  • Preserving the history and evolving the unique culture of the Castro District with their many improvement projects. Not only does the Castro CBD work hard to remove graffiti and other damage to the Castro District, but they also work hard to help the culture thrive. With events like Live! In the Castro and the Castro Farmers’ Market, to projects like the Castro Streetscape Improvement Project, the Castro CBD is helping keep the Castro one of the greatest Districts in San Francisco.

For more information about the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, visit their website: