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Issue Brief: Health Justice for People Experiencing Homelessness - Confronting the U.S. Public Sanitation and Hygiene Crisis

posted on Wed, Jun 20 2018 2:07 pm by Madeline Morcelle

The current multistate 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. Based on this assessment, the issue brief provides a menu of legal and policy opportunities to advance equitable access and health justice for PEH.

View/download the Issue Brief.