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Lack Of Toilets For Homeless Causes Public Health Crisis in L.A.




A homeless man spulls a cart with his belongings on November 25, 2019.
A homeless man spulls a cart with his belongings on November 25, 2019.
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There’s an urgent public health risk here in Los Angeles -- the lack of toilets available to the roughly 36,000 homeless people in the city. 

NBC4 investigative reporter Joel Grover has a new report out on this health risk. Most homeless encampments in the city do not have access to a nearby toilet, leaving residents to use the streets rather than a restroom. Even passersby are at risk of diseases like Hepatitis A.

Have you seen homeless encampments in the city that looked unsanitary? What do you think needs to be done?

Guests:

Joel Grover,  investigative reporter working on NBC4’s Streets of Shame project; he tweets @JoelNBCLA

Michael R. Cousineau, is a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California; an expert in public health