People in Homelessness

 
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The US has the highest number of homeless women and children of any industrialized nation. Women account for nearly 40% of all homeless individuals. In addition, one in five transgender individuals have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, often while attempting to escape abuse or after being kicked out of their homes by unaccepting parents. 

How might we offer better access to menstrual hygiene care and safe sanitary spaces for people who menstruate while homeless?

 
 

Did you know...

 
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Since 2016, shelters in New York City have been required to provide menstrual products. But as they house a majority of men, women often do not feel safe going to these places for fear of sexual assault.

 

Shelter restrooms are sometimes unclean or insecure, and public restrooms are typically closed at night when unexpected needs arise.

 

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Resorting to alternative protection methods and infrequent changing or washing comes with a risk of health issues such as infection.

 
 

What can we do about it?

Start locally by donating directly to a shelter near you, or support one of the many organizations which assist people who are homeless, such as Lava Mae which converts city buses into showers on wheels.

Find out how you can help relieve the burden of a period.