City of Seattle opens 6 new hygiene service spots for the homeless

Apr 1 2020, 12:30 pm

In addition to the 128 Seattle Parks comfort stations, Seattle Public Utilities has deployed hygiene services to six locations around Seattle to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The hygiene services are located near City Hall Park, Lake City Community Center, Jefferson Park, Westcrest Park, Cal Anderson Park, and Benvenuto Viewpoint and include a total of 14 toilets and six handwashing stations.

The new facilities are open from 7 am to 8 pm, seven days per week, and include daily maintenance of sharps disposal, waste removal, and supplemental cleaning.

“The County and City have worked to urgently deploy every measure we can to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness, including expanding shelter capacity to nearly 1,900 spaces for individuals and distributing 600 hygiene kits,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a blog post.

“From the onset, we have been focused on how to help the most vulnerable in our community stay healthy, and our shelter and hygiene centers will go a long way to doing just that.”

In addition to the six hygiene services, the City is also hoping to soon deploy at least four hygiene trailers with showers, toilets, and hand-washing stations. They will also be increasing litter and trash collection services in the coming weeks.