Focusing On Protecting Public Health, City Installs Basic Hygiene Services at Encampments in Venice and Mar Vista 


LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2020) – Launching an effort to better protect the health and safety of everyone in the neighborhood, Councilmember Mike Bonin today announced that mobile showers, restrooms, and regular trash pickup 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 that the spread of the 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,” Bonin said. “These hygiene services will help prevent people who are unhoused from contracting or spreading the virus.”

Starting today, people living in encampments near Third Street and Rose Avenue in Venice, and on Venice Boulevard under the 405 overpass in Mar Vista will have access to a series of basic hygienic services, including:

  • Mobile Pit Stop: One standard mobile toilet unit, one ADA-compliant mobile toilet unit, and one hand wash basin will be available at each encampment Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Mobile Shower Program: Mobile shower trailers will be located at Third and Rose every Tuesday and at Venice and Globe every Friday.
  • Rodent-Proof Trash Cans: The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation has placed an order for a total of 38 rodent-proof trash cans. Roughly half of the 38 will be installed at the Third/Rose and Venice/405 encampments, adding more trash cans to the area and upgrading existing trash receptacles to be rodent-proof. The other new receptacles will be added to other strategic locations throughout the Westside.
  • Cleaning Teams:  A non-profit 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. This cleaning service will include sidewalk and gutter sweeping, litter removal, safe needle disposal and debris removal from city trash cans.

The hygiene services starting today are supplemental to existing hygiene services at these encampments, including hand-washing stations that Bonin ordered and installed last week for many of the encampments in his district.

For more information about Councilmember Mike Bonin, please visit 11thdistrict.com.

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