Basic Dignity Coalition
Did you ever consider clean drinking water or using the restroom to be a luxury?
In San Diego, these basic human rights are unavailable to many of our neighbors experiencing homelessness, with many dying from severe dehydration and health complications arising from a lack of access to restrooms and basic sanitation.
In 2010, we launched our Basic Dignity Coalition (BDC), where community members meet monthly to identify issues affecting homelessness in San Diego County and develop human-centered solutions through service provision and advocacy.
Through the BDC, we advocated for restroom access through the installation of two 24/7 “Portland Loos” restroom facilities, created our Mobile Operations of Dignity (MOD) Squad programs, and supported legal cases that challenged discriminatory laws and practices.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our BDC meetings are currently on hold until further notice to ensure the safety of our members.