2017 Bright Idea
City and County of San Francisco, CA
January 1, 2017

Lava Mae converts decommissioned, public transportation buses into mobile showers and toilets for those experiencing homelessness. When the program was first launched, there were only 16 public showers and about as many toilets for over 3,500 unsheltered men, women, and children. In the 19 months since launch, Lava Mae has delivered over 15,000 showers to more than 3,000 people. In addition to direct services, the program has also responded to thousands of requests for help and inspired similar services around the globe to replicate its efforts.