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Hand-Washing Stations

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Part six of a 20-month long investigation looking into hygiene stations that the City of Los Angeles distributed to homeless encampments.
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The city extended the program two months after a L.A. TACO investigation found that vendors failed to service units consistently, despite collecting millions of dollars in payments.
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A city program that brought hundreds of hand-washing stations and portable toilets to the doorstep of dozens of encampments during the height of the pandemic comes to an abrupt end.
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While vendors watched their market share increase and collected money from the city and federal government, an L.A. TACO analysis found that hundreds of hand-washing stations and porta-potties went days, weeks and in some cases more than a month without being serviced.
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This is the second investigative article by Lexis-Olivier Ray that was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 Data Fellowship.

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