SPOKANE -- About two months ago the City of Spokane installed three portable restrooms in Downtown Spokane. The program is in response to numerous complaints from nearby businesses about homeless people using the streets, alleys and sidewalks to go to the bathroom.
KREM 2 News checked in to see how the program is working. One homeless person we talked to said the area is cleaner and smells better. However, the results are mixed among business owners. Some said they’ve noticed an improvement, while others said they still have homeless people asking to use their restrooms.
The city contracted with Honey Buckets to install three port-a-potties in the problem areas near 4th and Bernard. It’s a 14-month contract that costs the city $3,500. The city will evaluate the program to determine if it makes sense long-term.