Participatory Budget Vote: Mobile Showers for Homeless Neighbors

shower mockup

Rendering of possible design courtesy of Jeanne Pfordresher

Through April 2, residents of District 39 age 14 and up can vote on how tax dollars are used to improve our communities.

CHiPS is excited to be on the 2017 District 39 Participatory Budget ballot with our “Mobile Showers for Homeless Neighbors” project, which aims to bring safe, consistent shower access to Brooklyn’s homeless.

There are currently very few public showers for the homeless in New York City, making basic hygiene a struggle for many living on the street. The CHiPS Mobile Shower Program would be the first of its kind in the city and provide a sense of dignity and well-being to the homeless in our communities through year-round access to a weather-proofed, secure, two-stall shower trailer. Each stall will also include a sink and dressing area. CHiPS will provide soap, shampoo, and towels as part of the program, as well as clean socks and clothing when possible.

The unit will be parked in front of the CHiPS building during daytime operation. St. Patrick Catholic Academy has generously offered to store the van and attached trailer overnight and when street removal is necessary.

You can read more about the project on DNAinfo NY and cast your vote online at or in person at locations throughout the District.

Our heartfelt thanks to Councilman Brad Lander, CHiPS Board Member Bert Halliday, longtime CHiPS volunteer & Co-Founder of Hybrid Product Design & Development Jeanne Pfordresher, St. Patrick Catholic Academy, and the many Brooklyn residents who have shown an outpouring of support for the project!