With its sky blue hue and playful design, this former N-Judah Muni bus is one shower on wheels that’s hard to miss. According to the nonprofit organization Lava Mae, there are only eight public places in the city for San Francisco’s 3,000 to 5,000 homeless to shower. Now, the Mission District’s most destitute can stay clean with the showers coming to them.
The Lava Mae bus, decked out with two spacious showering facilities each equipped with a toilet and sink, offers 15-minutes showers every Saturday morning on Capp Street near 16th Street. “It’s kind of like Christmas for the homeless,” said Billy Crawford, a new Lava Mae user who has been on the streets for a year. The organization hopes to repurpose three more buses as mobile showers and reach more members of the homeless community.