Pilot Program aims to provide a safe, clean, and private alternative for people who need a bathroom.
City leaders and community representatives joined together Monday, June 20, to celebrate the launch of Pit Stop, an attended portable restroom pilot program that will be located at Ahern Street, between North A and North B Streets, in the River District.
The pilot program aims to provide access to a safe and clean environment for those who need it. The portable restroom will be staffed to ensure that the toilets are well maintained and used for intended purposes. If successful, the intention is to establish a longer-term program to be phased out as permanent housing programs are brought forth.
“The people experiencing homelessness in Sacramento have limited access to toilets and lavatories,” said Council Member Jeff Harris. “As we work towards more permanent solutions to end homelessness in our City, this program is complementary in that it addresses an urgent need.”
The Pit Stop facility will provide toilets, sinks, used needle receptacles and dog waste stations. The goal of this effort is to not only provide people a place to take care of their needs with dignity, but to capture measurable data of those that use the facility, and how the City can further address homelessness in the surrounding region.
The City has partnered with FAS Services, a San Francisco based organization, to provide staffing and facilitation of the attended restrooms. The restrooms will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pilot program will be located in the River District for six months allowing staff to fully evaluate the impact and efficiency of such a program. The Pit Stop program has gained success in San Francisco and has more than a dozen locations in San Francisco.