SXSW pop-up ‘vil­lage’ to pro­vide home­less show­ers, hair­cuts, more

Calif. mo­bile hy­giene non­profit teams with lo­cal char­i­ta­ble startup.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Nancy Flores nflo­res@states­ Home­less

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.

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