Friday 31 October 2014

Bus brings showers to homeless

Published 20/07/2014 | 18:18

Homeless people in San Francisco can now hop on a bus to take a shower.

A non-profit group has retro-fitted a public transit bus with two full private bathrooms and is offering hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of charge.

The group, Lava Mae, said the bus is mobile, allowing it to reach homeless people scattered throughout the city. It also removes the potential for rent rises and evictions.

Lava Mae founder Doniece Sandoval said a shower is vital to help the homeless improve their circumstances.

The bus cost about 75,000 US dollars (£44,000) to retro-fit, and was paid for through private donations, including from technology giant Google.

Lava Mae hopes to add additional buses to the city in the coming years.

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