East Village portable toilets for the homeless reinstalled: Non-Profit to maintain, replace

SAN DIEGO - Six port-a-potties will be re-installed for the homeless in East Village Thursday.

The portable toilets will be put on 17th Street and Island Avenue, five weeks after they were initially removed.

10News reported that when the toilets were removed, many of the homeless in the area have had to find other, more public places to relieve themselves.

There is an estimated 10,000 people who are homeless in San Diego.

For several years, Diamond Environmental Services agreed to temporarily pay for the toilets. As the costs mounted and with the city still searching for a permanent solution, the toilets were finally removed.

But the issues raised in 10News' story drew the attention of Diamond Environmental Services owner Eric Dejong.

"10News brought it to the attention of the public," Dejong said.

That, along with the promise of a bathroom fundraising campaign led by the nonprofit Girls Think Tank, convinced Dejong to return the bathrooms.

Six toilets will be installed Thursday with two being reserved for women and children.

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