Santa Barbara Adds Portable Bathrooms for Homeless

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City is currently working with the County Public Health Department under guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to take prevention measures with our homeless population during the COVID-19 crisis, including providing access to portable restrooms and handwashing facilities.

State CDC guidance states that unless individual housing units are available, encampments should not be cleared. Clearing encampments can cause people to disperse throughout the community and break connections with service providers, increasing the potential for infectious disease spread.

Click here to read more about the Community Service Department's Homeless Assistance Plan.

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d8vanilla Apr 14, 2020 10:49 AM
Santa Barbara Adds Portable Bathrooms for Homeless

How about putting one at the little kids Park , ((NOT the San Pascual side)) . Bohnett Park, on San Andres & Victoria ..... There used to be one, which got used, but not abused, but it was removed for some unknown reason. Can't tell you how many times, I've seen parents telling their small children to pee on the grass, or pee on the concrete area!!! And, I can't tell you how many adults, not just the vagrants, that I've seen pissing and pooping along our fence line. disgusting and unsanitary, to say the least.

Ahchooo Apr 14, 2020 11:18 AM
Santa Barbara Adds Portable Bathrooms for Homeless

We really need public toilets all over town. It would be nice to have permanent ones, if only some rich person would donate the money. The ones between the Fiesta Five Theaters and Marshall’s is a good model—just barely big enough for privacy, with the front doors locked fully open all day. And of course they’d need to be cleaned constantly. Oh well, I can dream. Portapotties are better than nothing. Sanitation for the unhoused keeps all of us safer.

Luvaduck Apr 15, 2020 09:18 AM
Santa Barbara Adds Portable Bathrooms for Homeless

In some cities in Europe, instead of having fully private toilet facilities, many are open about a foot from the bottom and from about head-height up like stalls in many of our restrooms. This allows use without the threat of privacy making assault and facility damage easy. Given the record of damage to public facilities by their users, this makes really good sense--and also keeps the smell down!

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