Have Wheels Will Shower: Bathroom Buses for the Homeless

If you woke up this morning and showered in the privacy of your own bathroom, consider yourself lucky: America’s nearly 600,000 homeless people often don’t have a clean place to clean up. But in San Francisco, where the number of homeless has risen seven percent in the last decade, a non-profit organization is putting bathrooms on wheels and driving them to those in need. The group Lava Mae, whose name loosely translates to “wash me” in Spanish, is retrofitting decommissioned city buses with ensuite bathrooms and bringing them into neighborhoods like the Castro, the Mission and the Tenderloin, currently providing about 200 showers each week.

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