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The Period Pack Project: Monthly Feminine Hygiene Packs for 2,000 Homeless Women, for 10 Months.

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Tampon Tribe

Period Packs: Providing Essential Feminine Hygiene to Homeless Women. Can you imagine getting your period while living on the streets?

Please describe your project proposal.

Our Period Pack Project will provide sustainably-produced toxic-free tampons and pads to 2,000 of L.A.’s most critically-underserved homeless women, every month, for 10 months. That’s 20,000 packs. Can you imagine getting you period while living on the streets? Our Period Packs include biodegradable waste bags and feminine wipes, as well as tampons and pads, providing essential items to women, focusing on access, environment, and human dignity.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Waterways
  • Healthcare access
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Local water
  • Resilient communities
  • Residents receiving coordinated healthcare services
  • Homelessness

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Westside
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

Homelessness is one of the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles today, and while on the increase, has been identified as a key focus of improvement both for the lives of those affected by being homeless, and the communities and resources in which homeless people live. Homeless women are particularly at risk in this critically underserved segment. Homeless women are often without pads or tampons when they get their period and have been reported as using dirty rags to deal with the monthly occurrence. Not only is this unsanitary, it is degrading, humiliating and debilitating. Being without feminine hygiene can put a literal halt on a homeless woman’s journey to housing, both physically and mentally, as she is forced into a very vulnerable situation. Quite simply, our Period Pack Project would enable the distribution of 2,000 organic feminine hygiene packs each month to homeless women for a timespan of 10 months. All products in the Period Packs are biodegradable, limiting environmental impact, waste, and trash - benefiting waterways, local water recycling, and the community as a whole. Period Packs also come with biodegradable waste bags, and organic wipes, enabling homeless women the opportunity to feel somewhat ‘clean’ during her period, boosting confidence, control, and possibility. In the short-term, the immediate supply of natural and organic feminine hygiene products to homeless women is obvious - in the long-term, such access to essential items is aimed at returning a sense of self and empowerment to homeless women, on a road to reducing homelessness in LA altogether.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

The distributing to and subsequent regular use of Period Packs by homeless women on the streets and in homeless shelters across LA, will enable us to quantifiably measure the use and success of the product and service itself. Further investigation of feminine hygiene and plastic trash levels in our waterways in cooperation with LA Waterkeeper, Santa Monica Bay org., and Heal the Bay, will reveal disposal and compostable/biodegradable efficacy. Moreover, the ability for homeless women to go about their lives without being halted by their period is a key metric, so too the comparable health results and hygiene levels of homeless women visiting health centers in the county.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support