Now homeless residents of Sacramento have a clean, dedicated place to do their business. The city of Sacramento, California has launched “The Pit Stop,” as a six-month pilot program. The program aims to provide homeless residents of the city with public restrooms.
The mobile unit will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It has three stalls with air conditioning and sinks. One of the stalls is compliant with the American Disabilities Act. Attendants will be present during operating hours to keep the unit tidy.
For it’s June 20th grand opening, the stalls were decorated with vases of plastic flowers and sweet smelling air freshener.
The bathroom unit is expected to be a welcome addition to the city. Sacramento’s homeless typically have a hard time finding a place to use the toilet. “You can’t go to the bathroom because you have to buy something to go to the bathroom,” Carol Mack, a homeless resident of Sacramento, to KCRA News. “If you don’t have the money, then you can’t use their bathroom,”
Council member Jeff Harris pressed the issue with the Sacramento City Council, who issued a $100,000 budget for the six-month program.
“You have to change,” said Harris to KCRA News, who insisted on the project getting underway despite push back from local businesses. “You have to do something to start changing. Our status quo gets worse year by year and this is our first baby step.”
The units will also serve as a needle collection and dog waste collection site.