Los Angeles officials are attempting to help homeless on Skid Row in downtown L.A. with the addition of the new Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot hygiene center, a structure to serve homeless with showers, toilets and staff offering referrals to housing and services.
The restrooms also are a response to the fight against a statewide hepatitis A outbreak spread by poor hygiene in homeless camps that has killed more than a dozen people in San Diego.
They will have full-time attendants, called “ambassadors,” to monitor the restrooms and make people feel welcome.
The latest $450,000 facility will have eight toilets and six showers, operating four days a week, in a trailer on a city-owned parking lot between two homeless housing and service agencies. In addition to attendants, the toilets will be monitored by a maintenance crew and security.