The City of Portland has added 100 portable toilets across Portland to support the health and hygiene for people experiencing homelessness and to improve neighborhood livability.
Expanding bathroom access is part of a number of actions the City is taking to address impacts of COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn exacerbating Portland’s homelessness challenges.
The locations of the portable toilets are based on data about homeless encampments, interviews with people living in encampments, input from City staff, and an audit of existing bathroom access.
In the coming weeks another 75 toilets will be added with emphasis on East Portland, which is home to nearly 1,500 people living unsheltered with minimal-to-no hygiene access, and North Portland.
Katie Lindsay, program coordinator for the City’s impact reduction team, said “Sanitation access is a crucial life-safety resource.”
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