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Monday, April 29, 2013

S.F. Homeless Residents Can Finally Take a Shower ... on Muni

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

click to enlarge Could definitely use a shower
  • Could definitely use a shower

A shower on Muni sounds like that uninviting combo of sinister and unsanitary.

Of course, that's until you read this story about Lava Mae, a startup founded by entrepreneur Doniece Sandoval, that's decided to capitalize on crappy, unused Muni buses (that could probably use a good scrub themselves) for the homeless to use as washrooms.

The Examiner reported that the startup has already secured the rights to use one Muni bus for mobile showering in San Francisco.

Assuming each shower takes no more than five minutes, Sandoval thinks she can offer a nice scrub down to as many as 130 homeless residents every day on one bus alone. Muni has already confirmed it will be discarding 40 more buses and replacing those over the next few years -- which means San Francisco just might to smell a little less ... unfresh.

"The United Nations states that access to clean water is a basic human right," Sandoval said. "But for many residents in our city, that is clearly not a reality. This is about restoring some of their dignity."

Of course, the project's one hurdle now is money. Sandoval explains to the Ex that it will cost as much as $100,000 to retrofit each bus into mobile showers and potties. She's working on securing grant funding, but individual donations are also welcome.

No word on whether Muni is working on producing its own transit-scented shower gel.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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