With San Francisco on lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, it’s more challenging than ever for homeless people to find a place to wash up.
We made a simplified, black-and-white map that shows the city’s central hand-washing stations and pit stops. It can be cranked out from any standard home printer.
If you’re out running essential errands, you could post maps in your neighborhood so that people know where to find these crucial services. This is especially important when fundamental resources like public libraries with restrooms are closed. The hand-washing stations cropped up with COVID-19, but pit stops have been around since 2015. Pit Stops include toilets, sinks, needle disposal and dog waste stations.
Here are the maps we’ve done so far:
The data comes from the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) and Data SF. We made them using QGIS, OCHA humanitarian icons with an assist on the inserts from Stamen’s Toner.
The maps were inspired by the community responder maps we made for the San Francisco Fire Department. Cut out the noise, the color, make them printable from home and you have something good to go in an emergency.
The Google map made by the city looks nice online, but is noisy if you’re trying to navigate by mobile phone — and forget about printing it.
Hopefully, San Francisco will be getting more to come into line with United Nations guidelines for emergencies.
The UN standard is 1 bathroom per 50 ppl during emergencies.
There are roughly 5000 people unsheltered on our streets, and many more who are also in need of bathroom access, w most public facilities & coffee shops closed.
So we need at least 100 public bathrooms, likely more.
— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) March 26, 2020
Here’s a complete list of the pit stops and hand-washing stations in San Francisco. We’ll be making more maps in the next few days to cover the whole city.
- Eddy St. and Jones St.
- 16th St. and Mission St.
- Washington Square at Union St.
- Judah St. and La Playa St.
- U.N. Plaza: Market St. and 7th St.
- 388 Ellis St.
- Hallidie Plaza: Market St. and 5th St.
- Stanyan St. and Waller St.
- 6th St. and Jessie St.
- Market St. and Church St.
- 101 Hyde St.
- Eddy St. and Larkin St.
- Mendell Plaza: 3rd St. and Mendell St./Palou Ave.
- Haight St. and Buena Vista Ave. West
- 16th St. and Capp St.
- McCoppin Hub: McCoppin St. and Valencia St.
- Myrtle St. and Larkin St.
- Grove St. and Larkin St.
- 133 Golden Gate Ave.
- 24th St. and Mission St.
- Embarcadero Plaza
- Market St. and Castro St.
- Mission St. and Sycamore St.
- Victoria Manalo Draves Park: Sherman St. between Folsom and Harrison St.
- Willow St. and Polk St.
- Hemlock St. and Van Ness Ave.
- 527 5th St.
- UN Plaza: Leavenworth St. and McAllister St.
- Ashbury St. and Haight St.
- Barneveld Ave. and Loomis St.
- Florida St. and 17th St.
- 456 Winston Dr.
- 3565 16th St.
- Market St. and Steuart St.
- Ellis St. and Taylor St.
- Turk St. and Leavenworth St.
- Mission St. and 9th St.
- Selby St. and Evans Ave.
- 1550 Bryant St.
- Jackson St. and Powell St.
- Folsom St. and 23rd St.
- 1634 Armstrong Ave.
- Thomas Ave. and Hawes St.
- Carroll Ave. and Ingalls St.
Nicole Martinelli is a San Francisco native who started Resiliency Maps so she would know where to go in case of an earthquake. She’s been a member of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) since 2010 and is the co-coordinator for the SOMA neighborhood. Contact her here.