No word on restroom access for unsheltered people in Whatcom County / Noisy Waters Northwest

November 4, 2021 Dena Jensen

So here’s an email chain on which to reflect and see how we can break through this particular barrier to generate action. 

I wrote to Whatcom County Health Department Human Services Supervisor Ann Beck back on October 18. She had mentioned to me, in an email from September 27, a conversation which her Environmental Health colleagues, City of Bellingham staff, and the Homeless Outreach Team Manager had had about “available access to restrooms and other ideas that can help address public health concerns.” (Restroom access and other sanitary provisions like hand washing stations are recommended by the CDC in the guidance for encampments they issued in March of 2020 and which still remains in place.)

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