Last November, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis called for County Departments to install portable toilets with handwashing stations in high-need homeless encampments. With the installation of public hygiene facilities (PHF) underway, the Board of Supervisors passed a motion, authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, to supplement funds to provide security services at these facilities for up to six months.
“Unfortunately, those experiencing homelessness have been disproportionately impacted by the Hepatitis A outbreak,” said Supervisor Solis. “However, the County is responding quickly to combat this outbreak. Having an area to wash your hands is a human rights issue, and today we are expanding our ability to ensure that our at-risk communities have access to this basic human need in a safe environment.”
Four sites have been selected by the Department of Public Health for placement of public hygiene facilities including Whittier Narrows Park in El Monte, West Carson, the LA River near the 105 Freeway, and in the East Pearblossom community. The Department of Public Works is able to provide a security contract for the public hygiene facility sites through its existing contract with Cypress Security, LLC. However, the contract only has sufficient funding to provide security at the four sites for up to one month. Today’s motion provides a six month extension to provide security at these essential hygiene facilities.
A 24-hour private security guard service will be offered at the sites and guards will maintain contact with the Sheriff as necessary, monitor security for both the public hygiene facility and its users, and report security incidents that occur to Public Works. Today’s actions ensure that all users remain safe while using these hygiene facilities.
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