San Francisco supe publicizes $6M in funding to maintain 24-hour restrooms | Bay Space

San Francisco supervisor Matt Haney on Thursday celebrated new funding that will allow the city’s Pit Stop program to continue providing 24/7 access to public toilets across the city.

As early as 2019, the city’s Ministry of Public Works, which operates the pit-stop program, made three of its 25 pit-stop locations accessible around the clock as part of a pilot program.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the pit-stop program was then expanded to a total of 62 locations, of which 36 are occupied and open 24 hours.

But the original city budget proposal for the current fiscal year would have drastically reduced the number of pit-stop locations, bringing them back to 25, and none would have been open 24 hours.

However, in June, before the budget was approved and signed by Mayor London Breed, Haney proposed adding at least $ 3.3 million to the budget to restore at least some of the 24-hour toilets.

Haney said the city has allocated over $ 6 million to the program under a new agreement with the mayor’s office. The city will now have 10 manned pit-stop toilets, open around the clock, as well as nine other locations.

Haney, whose borough includes the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods, said 24-hour pit stops are essential to keeping the streets clean and giving people dignity.

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