Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin announced Monday that mobile showers, restrooms and regular trash pickup operations have started at two of the Westside’s largest homeless encampments.
“Public health must come first. Until we successfully provide an alternative to encampments, housing and services to bring people indoors, we cannot tolerate the public health risks of feces on our sidewalks or trash on our streets,” Bonin said. “To protect the public health of the unhoused and the housed alike, we need to provide basic hygiene services. It is humane and common sense.”
Bonin said his office has been planning the additional hygiene services for several months, and the installation had been scheduled two weeks ago, but the spread of the novel coronavirus underscored the need for the city to provide such services on a much larger scale.
“If we want to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the region, we need everyone to follow the advice of public health professionals,” he said. “These hygiene services will help prevent people who are unhoused from contracting or spreading the virus.”
People living in encampments near Third Street and Rose Avenue in Venice and on Venice Boulevard under the San Diego (405) Freeway overpass in Mar Vista will have access to a series of basic hygienic services, including:
–a standard mobile toilet unit, one ADA-compliant mobile toilet unit, and one hand wash basin that will be available at each encampment Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— mobile shower trailers will be located at Third and Rose every Tuesday and at Venice and Globe every Friday; and
— rodent-proof trash cans. The city has purchased 38 of the receptacles, and about half of them will be installed at the Third/Rose and Venice/405 encampments. The other new receptacles will be added to other strategic locations throughout the Westside.
A nonprofit organization called Five Keys will employ people living in encampments to keep neighborhoods clean, and crews will be working at each site for two hours a day, Monday through Friday, Bonin’s office said.
The cleaning services are slated to include sidewalk and gutter sweeping, litter removal, safe needle disposal and debris removal from city trash cans.
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