Nonprofit Brings Mobile Shower Bus to Area Homeless


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Most homeless don't have easy access to showers

Lava Mae founder Doniece Sandoval, a marketing veteran and recent transplant to San Francisco, said such a mobile sanitary station was essential for the "human rights" of the city's homeless population, and would help lift them up out of what often seems like a hopeless situation.

"You’re living on the streets and you’re filthy, you’re trying to improve your circumstances," she told The Associated Press. "But you can’t interview for a job, you can’t apply for housing and you get disconnected from your sense of humanity.”

Solution: Bring the showers to them

San Francisco nonprofit Lava Mae just unveiled a trial version of a bus that provides showers for the 6,400 homeless people who live in the city by the Bay. It was funded in large part by a grant from Google, which gave the project $100,000 as part of its Google Impact Challenge.

The nonprofit bought and refurbished a public transit bus at a cost of $75,000, thanks to that Google money; it boasts two bathrooms with free hot showers, shampoo, soap and towels.

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