Santa Rosa Considers Portable Hygiene Stations For Homeless

Santa Rosa is considering offering portable bathrooms and showers for the homeless to use.

According to The Press Democrat, the Santa Rosa City Council will discuss the topic at a meeting on Tuesday.

“Bathrooms and showers are one of the most requested things by people who are experiencing homelessness,” Jennielynn Holmes-Davis, director of shelter and housing at Catholic Charities, told the publication.

Among the issues under consideration will be whether to rent a trailer with a bathroom and shower at a cost of $74,000 per year, or 10 portable toilets with handwashing stations, which would cost $22,000 per year.

In San Francisco, a nonprofit called Lava Mae operates a bus that provides showers and other basic hygiene services for the homeless in the Tenderloin and Mission, with a second bus coming soon to the Upper Haight. The vehicles are old diesel buses from MUNI that were donated.
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