Lack of bathrooms, sanitation leaves unsheltered homeless less protected against coronavirus

Lack of bathrooms, sanitation leaves unsheltered homeless less protected against coronavirus

SEATTLE — If Eric Smith wants to wash his hands with hot, soapy water, he has two options.The first is to walk about four blocks from his small encampment in North Beacon Hill to the Lazarus Center on Rainier Avenue, but that closes for most people at 6 p.m.The second is to boil water collected from willing neighbors over a camp grill.Going to the bathroom would be equally, if not more, difficult without Smith’s friend Mark Lloyd, a tech worker who has been bringing toilet kits to his homeless neighbors since 2016.Across Seattle, thousands of people in small encampments or RVs have even less a...

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