Issue Brief

Health Justice for People Experiencing Homelessness – Confronting the U.S. Public Sanitation and Hygiene Crisis

Issue BriefHealthy and Affordable Housing

June 10, 2018
by James G. Hodge, Jr.

An outbreak of hepatitis A—a viral liver disease associated with insufficient sanitation, hygiene, and clean water—illuminates systemic failures to meet the health needs of people experiencing homelessness (PEH). This Issue Brief examines the connection between inadequate access to public toilets, hand sinks, showers and laundry facilities and the disproportionate impact of the outbreak on PEH.

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