Target: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
Goal: Provide homeless people with access to bathrooms and showers.
Homeless people in New Mexico could soon have access to more public bathroom and shower facilities if legislation introduced by State Representative Stephanie Maez becomes law. Providing homeless people with the chance to care for their basic hygiene is very important. Demand that Representative Maez’ progressive proposal gets signed into law.
The idea of converting old buses into mobile restroom and shower stations for homeless people to use has been gaining popularity in recent years. Representative Maez is seeking to bring the benefits of this kind of project to homeless people in her state.
Maez’ bill would fund a pilot project to retrofit a bus with restrooms and showers and let it service Albuquerque’s 1,170 homeless people for one year. This alone is very worthwhile—hygiene should be considered a basic human right—but it would also pave the way for other buses to be retrofitted and deployed to other cities in the state in the future, depending on the success of the pilot program.
While this proposal won’t fix the problem of homelessness in New Mexico or across the United States, it is a significant step forward in improving the lives of homeless people and hopefully giving them the tools they need to pull themselves out of their situation. Sign the petition below to urge the governor of New Mexico to sign Representative Maez’ compassionate bill into law.
Dear Governor Martinez,
I am writing you today regarding House Bill 585, a piece of legislation introduced by Representative Stephanie Maez that will hopefully reach your desk in the near future. This is an important proposal that you should approve without any reservations.
House Bill 585 would create a mobile hygiene station that would provide Albuquerque’s homeless people with accessible and regular restrooms and showers, and would open the door for more such stations to be constructed and deployed elsewhere in your state in the future. The benefits of this project would be multiple.
First and foremost, it would drastically improve the lives of more than 1,000 homeless people in your state. Secondly, it would be cost-effective—the whole project would only cost your state $200,000 over the course of the year. And finally, it would be the first time a state funded such a project, affording you and the people of New Mexico the chance to show other states how simple improving the lives of residents can be.
Homelessness is a problem that many would argue is built-in to American society, but that does not mean we do not have a responsibility to provide those in such circumstances with resources to improve their situation. I urge you to sign House Bill 585 into law when it arrives on your desk.
[Your Name Here]
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