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Lava Mae seeks safe home for shower buses after multiple break-ins affect service

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One of the trucks that was broken into recently. (Photo Lava Mae)
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Mobile shower nonprofit Lava Mae is struggling with an issue many face in San Francisco: safe, secure parking.

The mobile hygiene service currently owns two converted Muni buses, as well as two shower trailers that are transported by two large trucks. The buses and trailers are installed at various locations around the City to help those without easy access to facilities access showers or bathrooms.

But a spate of recent crime has set back Lava Mae, and is negatively affecting its clientele. The vehicles, which are parked in Potrero Hill, were broken into over the weekend for the second time in three weeks. Stolen items have included a generator and propane tanks, as well as showering supplies, which were stolen from a storage shed.

Lava Mae put out a call on Facebook for any leads on secure parking where they could store their buses and trucks when they’re not in use. While commenters have suggested parking at SFO or other locations outside of the City, Lava Mae spokesperson Deborah Schneider told the Examiner that proximity to those in need is key.

“An ideal location would be a secured parking lot inside the city of San Francisco – either near the Tenderloin or the Mission,” Schneider said. “We could also locate a bit further out, but travel time to our mobile shower sites is a factor that affects the amount of time we have available to provide showers at each location.”

If a spot that can safely accommodate several large vehicles comes to mind, you can contact the organization by emailing  info@lava mae.org.

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