SXSW pop-up ‘village’ to provide homeless showers, haircuts, more
Calif. mobile hygiene nonprofit teams with local charitable startup.
During South by Southwest, pop-up events from surf simulators to a replica “Twin Peaks” diner will take over downtown Austin. But on Saturday, there’ll be a different kind of pop-up event across the street from the Salvation Army on Red River Street focused on helping Austin’s homeless youths.
The Pop-Up Care Village, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer services to the city’s homeless population, including portable showers, haircuts, free clothing, food and resource referrals provided by several Austin vendors. Although the event is focused on youths experiencing homelessness, organizers said, no one seeking assistance will be denied services. Everyone comes to Austin to show off during South by South-
Doniece Sandoval (right) launched the mobile hygiene nonprofit Lava Mae about three years ago. The organization has hosted popup events for homeless people in California.