Dignity on Wheels brings showers, laundry and trust to San Jose streets

Project WeHOPE’s ‘Dignity on Wheels’ teams drive specialized trailers with mobile shower and laundry units to locations across the South Bay to provide a critical service for people living on the streets.

Santa Clara County is scrambling to build shelters and distribute housing vouchers with new resources from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. But for East Palo Alto-based nonprofit Project WeHOPE, tackling homelessness starts with providing an even more basic service: a load of laundry and a hot shower.

Every day, WeHOPE’s ‘Dignity on Wheels’ teams drive specialized trailers with mobile shower and laundry units to locations across the South Bay to provide a critical service for people living on the streets. They say the showers are all the more important now, a year after COVID-19 closed the gyms, parks and restaurants that many people relied on for hygiene — and that they’re a huge first step for building the confidence and trust that can help connect people experiencing homelessness with case managers and further support.

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