LIHI COVID-19 Response

Urgent Need for Toilet Paper and Cleaning Supplies during COVID-19 Response

Seattle, WA – Amid the current public health crisis, government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations are working to keep unhoused people in Seattle healthy and safe. The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by partnering with the City of Seattle and construction partners to quickly move ahead in expanding Tiny House Villages (THVs). Find more details about these activities here: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/seattle-mayor-to- expand-shelter-space-available-for-homeless-as-a-result-of-coronavirus-outbreak/

LIHI also operates three Urban Rest Stop (URS) sites at our Ballard, Downtown, and University District locations. They provide a safe, clean place for homeless women and men to use restrooms, take showers, and do their laundry. We served 10,000 unduplicated individuals in 2019. Each week, these three sites collectively use 60 rolls (or one case) of toilet paper. At this critical moment, we do not have enough toilet paper to last more than two weeks. We would be grateful for your donation, which is crucial to keeping these hygiene facilities supplied and able to serve our most vulnerable neighbors at this difficult time.

LIHI has an urgent need for supplies such as:

  • Toilet paper – Big need
  • Hand sanitizer (with at least 70% Isopropyl alcohol)
  • Clorox wipes (with at least 70% Isopropyl alcohol)
  • Spray cleaner (with at least 70% Isopropyl alcohol)
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Laundry detergent
  • Shower gel
  • All sorts of cleaning supplies
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Band-aids

If you’d like to make a donation of any of the above items, please bring them directly to one of the Urban Rest Stops or contact LIHI Community Engagement Director Josh Castle at (206) 334-0508 or josh.castle@lihi.org. We can pick them up! URS addresses: Downtown – 1924 9th Ave. / Ballard – 2014 NW 57th St. / U-District – 1415 NE 43rd St. Please check our Urban Rest Stops page for opening hours. If you are interested in supporting this campaign remotely, we invite you to join us at: https://lihi.ejoinme.org/MyPages/COVID19. We would be grateful for your donation, which is crucial to keeping these hygiene facilities supplied and able to serve our most vulnerable neighbors at this difficult time.

For your reference, our Tax Identification Number is: 94-3155150. 

Thank you for your generosity!


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