January 22, 2018 / Brooklyn news / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Clean getaway: Mobile shower will soon traverse boro streets

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Talk about a car wash!

A shower-on-wheels will start rolling across Brooklyn next year, giving homeless locals a private place to bathe — a basic privilege that will help empower their efforts to get off the streets, the beep announced on Wednesday.

“This is going to be a symbol that our homeless men and women can identify as a safe space, not only to clean themselves, but to start the process of holding on to their dignity,” said Borough President Adams. “You cannot sit in a classroom, or get on the subway or the bus, if you cannot deal with your basic hygiene needs.”

Adams coughed up $308,000 from his 2018 capital budget to fund the roving washroom, with Council allocating an additional $77,000 to purchase and retrofit a school bus with two stalls equipped with overhead showers, toilets, shampoo, body wash, and towels.

The clean machine — which will be jointly run by local do-good groups Brooklyn Community Services and Turning Point — will travel all over the Borough of Kings, parking at various medical centers, homeless shelters, and food pantries to service those in need of a scrub, the beep said.

And it won’t just serve the homeless — other marginalized groups including sex workers, day laborers, and runaway LGBTQ youngsters are welcome to hop on and wash off, according to Adams, whose office said the bus’s exact route and schedule will be set after chatting with the community.

Bureaucratic red tape is delaying the arrival of Brooklyn’s bus-turned-bathroom till next year, but the beep said he’s pushing the city to expedite its debut because people who simply need a place to wash their hair shouldn’t have to wait that long.

“There’s no reason we can’t get his bus rolling within the next couple of months,” Adams said. “A simple shower is something we can do.”

And this isn’t the first mobile shower to hit local streets. Last year, locals in Park Slope Councilman Brad Lander’s district voted through participatory budgeting to put $60,000 towards a trailer equipped with bathing facilities for patrons of a neighborhood soup kitchen.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:50 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
it needs a bike rack so you can wash after a bike ride before you go into your office
Jan. 22, 2018, 9 am
Seriously? from Town says:
Who asked for this?

Was it the non-tax paying homeless?

Did any community group ask for it?

The spending of tax payer money should be more than a headline for public officials.

How abt we skip the expensive bathroom retro fit, just put a shower sign on the outside, and when they get inside we use the bus to bus these folks out of Brooklyn.

It's the silliest waste of money I've ever heard of. I wonder how much more it will cost to operate the bus with maintenance, labor, insurance, fuel and overhead. Not taking into account for the extra pollution, loss of parking and double parking headache it will cause.

Maybe we should put all the money towards getting another bus in the mix to get tax payers around town instead of leaving them waiting at bus stops.
Jan. 22, 2018, 10:22 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
@ Seriuosly,

You must be a heartless bastard. Giving someone a place to wash is meeting a basic human need, for cleanliness and for preservation of dignity.
Jan. 22, 2018, 12:48 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
If some charity wants to buy this kind of vehicle, and feed and bathe the homeless, then more power to them. Spending taxpayer money on this is the epitome of liberal madness, and why they win elections in fewer and fewer places. If anyone wonders why Republicans control every facet of the federal government, here is your answer.
Jan. 22, 2018, 1:28 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
This facility probably will require NYPD continually monitoring. It cerainly sounds like a potential playground,for pimps and pedophiles. Sex workers are welcome,and"LBGTQ youngsters are welcome to hop on and wash off". There is also,a serious possibility of verbal abuse,or even outright violence:by other shower users-against LBGTQ youth.
Jan. 22, 2018, 8:18 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Who wants to be the second one in the stall?
Jan. 23, 2018, 4:56 pm
Sharon Azar from Prospect Heights says:
We are all here on this planet to help each other so I think this is an excellent idea long as the truck is monitored to keep the people who use the showers safe and to maintain their dignity.
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:47 am

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