Doniece Sandoval

6:06pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Coming Right Up -- Showers To Go

Shower locations from a September 2012 study by the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium. Numbers of homeless from the city's biannual count in June 2013.
Credit Trish Richman

There are roughly 6,400 homeless people in San Francisco. According to Laura Guzman, Director of the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, one of the biggest challenges they face is finding public restrooms.

“I remember when we opened, the conversation was all about poop on the street,” says Guzman.  “We used to talk about ‘poop and needles,’ we call it. But it’s critical that the community understands – if there is no bathroom access, people are going to poop on the streets.”

Nowadays the conversation isn’t about just keeping the sidewalks clean, but how to provide more showers for those without homes. Now one of the cleanest forms of transportation is about to hit the streets.

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