Record #: R2021-1489   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 12/15/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Human Relations
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Call for establishment of pilot program to provide publicly available bathrooms throughout City of Chicago
Sponsors: La Spata, Daniel , Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Villegas, Gilbert, Martin, Matthew J. , Waguespack, Scott, Hadden, Maria E. , Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Gardiner, James M. , Rodriguez, Michael D., Cappleman, James, King, Sophia D., Scott, Jr. Michael, Reboyras, Ariel, Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Lopez, Raymond A., Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Taylor, Jeanette B. , Osterman, Harry
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. R2021-1489.pdf
Related files: R2023-766
Committee on Health and Human Relations
November 17, 2021 City Council Meeting


WHEREAS, the United Nations recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights, and calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building, and technology transfer to provide sanitation for all (Resolution 64/292, July 2010); and,

WHEREAS, a Chicago Tribune study of publicly available bathrooms identified fewer than 500 structures that contain free public bathrooms with few or no barriers to entry, and many of the bathrooms are operated by agencies that cannot staff 24-hour, 7-days a week access to the bathrooms (October 21, 2021); and,

WHEREAS, cities around the United States of America have introduced pilot programs or legislation to establish publicly available bathrooms, including Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; and, Washington, D.C; and,
WHEREAS, publicly available data and reporting for pilot programs in Denver, Orlando, and Austin suggest that a public bathroom pilot program could cost between $330,000 to $1,000,000 annually for one to two facilities; and,

WHEREAS, Washington, D.C, established two public bathrooms for the cost of $270,000, and budgeted $65,000 to staff these locations; and,
WHEREAS, the Portland Loo public bathroom model now has approximately 90 locations across the United States of America and Canada; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to public bathrooms, the City of London operates a Community Toilet Scheme that provides a small subsidy (600 pounds) to businesses that keep their bathroom(s) open to the public; and,

WHEREAS, providing publicly available bathrooms will benefit the human dignity and human rights of every Chicago resident and visitor, while also providing several tangible benefits; and,

WHEREAS, the City of...

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