City and community leaders celebrated a grand opening in the River District of a mobile restroom facility called the Pit Stop.

The pilot program aims to provide access to a safe and clean bathroom for those who need it. The portable restrooms will be staffed by an attendant to ensure that the toilets and sinks are well maintained and used for intended purposes.

“The people experiencing homelessness in Sacramento have limited access to toilets and lavatories,” said Councilmember 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.”

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The Pit Stop facility, located at Ahern Street, between North A and North B Streets, 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 who use the facility, and how the City can further address homelessness in the surrounding region.

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Harris pushed for $100,000 in the budget to partnered with FAS Services, a San Francisco based organization, that provides 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 run 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.

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