With presentations by Leah Filler of Lava Mae and Christian Calinsky of Taking It to the Streets (T2S), and additional input from Shira Noel, Homeless Youth Alliance, and Matt Bartek of Larkin Street Youth Services, those braving a rainy evening to attend the March general meeting got a real education on some services that are making a difference for homeless youth in our neighborhood.
Lava Mae is a bus-based movable shower/bathroom facility built into old MUNI buses. The first destination close to the Haight Ashbury is to be on the sidewalk outside the DMV building on Baker Street across from the Panhandle. It should begin operation in a couple of weeks, with a once-a-week schedule. The buses are staffed, to monitor usage, with each user allowed 15-20 minutes of private time to bathe. Each shower unit (there are two on each bus) is serviced with current technological appliances (like electronic water managers) and is cleaned thoroughly after each use. For more information on the program, visit Lava Mae’s website at www.lavamae.org and consider donating to this innovative and impressive effort.