In absence of safe/affordable places to live, many unsheltered people in Sonoma County have congregated around public parks. Two such places are Doyle Park in Northwest Santa Rosa and the Rohnert Park Vehicle Convoy, where a group of unsheltered people are in critical need for sanitation and bathroom facilities.
Some housed people in that neighborhood have come together, but not in the name of stopping the spread the potential spread of COVID-19. Rather, they have organized to PREVENT the temporary installation of 1-2 portable bathrooms outside of the park. Not only does this present a complete lack of solutions for our unsheltered neighbors, it furthers the public health crisis for our entire community. Unsheltered people have nowhere else to go at the present time, so they are sleeping near parks right now, even though there is an absence of facilities. The only question is whether they will be able to stay there safely.