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Hope’s Village to bring showers to the homeless

Becky Jorgeson, the president of Hope’s Village, is advocating for a tiny home village in SLO. The city is considering zoning updates that would allow for tiny homes on wheels in backyards.
Becky Jorgeson, the president of Hope’s Village, is advocating for a tiny home village in SLO. The city is considering zoning updates that would allow for tiny homes on wheels in backyards. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Hope’s Village is bringing portable showers to homeless residents of San Luis Obispo.

A two-unit shower trailer scheduled to be delivered June 8 includes an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible unit and can be taken to different spots around town. Both units will have a toilet as well.

“We’ll most likely put it in a church parking lot. We want to put it somewhere where it’s very convenient and will also give people privacy,” said Becky Jorgeson, president and founder of Hope’s Village of SLO.

She said organizers are still talking to different places about locations and don’t have anything set in stone yet, but “people are just coming out of the woodwork to help with this.”

“We’re organizing it well, we’re going to have rules and regulations and people staffing the actual trailer,” she said.

Jorgeson said that Hope’s Village is still fundraising for operational costs such as liability insurance. After the shower is delivered, it will probably take organizers about a week or two to get everything set up.

“We have no public showers in San Luis at all, and we have many homeless people in San Luis, many of whom are ineligible for other services at Prado (Day Center),” Jorgeson said. “It’s a huge humanitarian issue.”

Hope’s Village is asking for donations of new deodorant, lotion, razors, toothpaste, shower shoes, feminine products, diapers, paper towels and toothpaste. Anyone wishing to donate those items can call Jorgeson at 805-234-5478.

If you would like to donate money, you can do so at the organization’s GoFundMe campaign, via PayPal at the Hope’s Village website or send a check to: Hope’s Village of SLO, P.O. Box 100, Santa Margarita, CA 93453.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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