Tell NYC to provide clean, private bathroom facilities for all who need them.
The coronavirus pandemic has cruelly reinforced the fact that housing is health care. Without the basic safety and privacy provided by stable housing, tens of thousands of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness have endured compounding risks for contracting and dying from COVID-19.
Months into the pandemic, the City is still failing to adequately protect homeless New Yorkers. People who are sleeping unsheltered on the streets face a dire lack of access to bathrooms where they can fulfill basic human functions and follow public health guidance to wash their hands regularly.
Protecting our most vulnerable neighbors and respecting their humanity must be our top priority throughout the pandemic. This is a moral imperative as well as a public health necessity: Our failure to give homeless New Yorkers the basic tools they need to live and function jeopardizes the progress New York City has made in combating the virus. Contact your elected officials now to urge them to provide public restrooms for people on the streets.