The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to extend its YMCA shower services and portable hygiene stations programs after both ended at the end of June.

The motion was introduced by Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who chairs the council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city launched the two hygiene programs for people experiencing homelessness.

The YMCA partnership allowed unhoused individuals to shower five days a week at local YMCA branches. The hygiene stations program deployed portable toilets and hand washing stations to areas around the city.

On June 7, L.A. Taco published an investigation conducted by reporter Lexis-Olivier Ray that found the city didn’t consistently maintain the hygiene stations, despite Mayor Eric Garcetti saying that they were regularly maintained and supplies were refilled.

Before the vote Wednesday, Councilman Mike Bonin thanked Ray for his reporting, saying “I also wanted to give a shout out to a journalist Lexis-Olivier Ray for L.A. Taco, who over the summer covered the fact that so many of the hygiene stations that had been out there — that we were paying for — had not been maintained and had not been serviced, did not have water, did not have soap. And that was disgraceful.”

The council’s vote approved $550,200 for the YMCA Shower Program to operate at seven facilities and $666,930 for 150 portable hygiene stations.

The motion also instructed the city administrative officer to report on a long-term hygiene plan for the city’s unsheltered residents within three months.

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