Seattle-King County has the third biggest population of homeless people in the US.
Over 12,000 people in the Seattle-King County area are homeless this year:
“A total of 12,112 individuals were experiencing homelessness in Seattle/King County on January 26, 2018. Fifty-two percent (52%) of the population was unsheltered, living on the street, or in parks, tents, vehicles, or other places not meant for human habitation. Compared to 2017, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Seattle/King County increased by 4% (469 persons). The unsheltered population increased by 15% (835 persons).” — from the Count Us In report of 2018 (source listed below)
2,624 of these people have families. 1,518 are youth. 35% of the entire homeless population is female, and 4% are transgender or non-binary. That’s over 4,200 individuals who menstruate and who are in need of regular access to feminine hygiene products.
450 periods is about how many every person who menstruates has to take care of in their lifetime. That’s 450 weeks of our lives when we have to worry about something we can’t control.
Now imagine having 450 periods as a homeless person. Can you? It’s hard enough to prepare for a period when you can afford the hygiene products you need– but what if you can’t afford them? Would you resort to toilet paper and socks like many homeless people do?
We need your help to help these individuals, because nobody should have to go through this alone. Homeless people are people just like you and the ones around you– they are human and they have families and needs. With your help, you could help homeless people avoid the stress and shame that accompanies a surprise period.
Seattle Times Homelessness Project:
All Home, Count Us In report: