Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hot showers for homeless get a cold start

Last year's Leadership Pasco class wanted to do something to help the homeless. So they raised $40,000 to build two portable showers to give people a decent place to clean up.

Each trailer includes two showers, a sink and features propane-fueled hot water and air conditioning. The showers have a 200-gallon capacity and are stocked with towels and soap.

But the portable showers have stalled. They've been sitting in project director Kim Bogart's back yard since August because the Homeless Coalition of Pasco County can't afford to buy liability insurance for them.

The cost: between $2,400 and $2,700 each year. The package includes protection against damage and against a claim if somebody were injured in the shower.

A hot shower isn't going to immediately bring someone out of homelessness, said the Rev. Dan Campbell, president of the homeless coalition. But it's a key service for people who spend almost all of their time outside.

Read the St. Petersburg Times report here.


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