Around the globe there is growing awareness of, and demand for solutions to, the financial and physical burdens of menstruation.
In developing countries the consequence of poor menstrual hygiene can be devastating, even deadly — linked to skyrocketing rates of reproductive infection and illness. An added dose of stigma and shame often keeps girls from attending school during their periods and otherwise living healthy lives.
Here in the United States, many low-income women and girls share a similar struggle — especially those who are experiencing homelessness. Inability to afford tampons or pads, or to access hygiene facilities, can severely compromise women’s health, productivity and dignity.
And no city knows the price and pain of homelessness quite like San Francisco, where a combination of rapid economic growth and sweeping gentrification has left a trail of collateral devastation.
Standing out among the city’s array of essential service providers — emergency shelters, drop-in centers and meal programs — is the…
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