By James Sword, HANC President
Portable toilets and showers are coming to the Haight! Come to the next HANC meeting (March 12, 7 pm, Park Branch Library) and learn more about the quality of life improvements coming to our neighborhood. Board of Supervisors President London Breed and representatives from both Lava Mae, and the Tenderloin Pit Stop (SFDPW), will be at our meeting to discuss how these two projects have already succeeded in other neighborhoods, and how they will be implemented in our neighborhood.
Lava Mae promotes their mission as, “To deliver dignity and unlock opportunity for those experiencing homelessness — one mobile shower at a time.” This mission is in line with the core values of HANC, which often finds itself involved in quality of life issues within San Francisco, and the state. It is remarkable how many people live paycheck to paycheck in San Francisco; these folks are one illness, unlucky mishap, or office downsizing from being homeless. Those who have already met this fate live in their cars or the limited number of shelters, and do not have access to the things many of us take for granted. Lava Mae believes, “Everyone has the right to be clean; those experiencing homelessness can’t access jobs and housing or maintain health and wellbeing if they can’t get clean; and with hygiene comes dignity; with dignity, opportunity.” Lava Mae has created an option for people to meet these beliefs, and are working on finding agreeable locations to host their mobile showers in our neighborhood.