Lava Mae Prepares Second Hygiene Bus For Upper Haight Service

We first reported on Lava Mae's plan to come to the Haight back in March, when they were in the process of putting a second shower-and-hygiene bus into action and seeking location permitting in or around the Upper Haight. 

At the time, the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council was in the process of supporting them through the maze of city permitting and application obstacles, and they were targeting an early summer 2015 launch.

Now, at the end of July, they're just in the process of locking down permitting to park and operate in the neighborhood (at a location or locations not yet disclosed).

Doniece Sandoval, the founder of Lava Mae, said in an email this week that Lava Mae was getting ready to launch in August: "At long last! Keep your fingers crossed that we can overcome all permitting obstacles easily!"

If you're not familiar with Lava Mae, it provides mobile shower and toilet facilities for homeless San Franciscans, via a decommissioned, converted Muni bus. Each bus features two showers and two lavatories, with wheelchair accessibility.

Service in the Upper Haight will be provided by Lava Mae's second bus, which was recently completed after a new round of fundraising launched last fall. Existing services offered are based in the Tenderloin and the Mission, and it's expected that Haight service will be provided on Saturdays.

We'll let you know when the final location for the bus's Haight stop is locked in; meanwhile, Lava Mae is still accepting donations and volunteer signups to help at shower stops.

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