Almost six months after a purportedly short-term shutdown, a hygiene center for homeless individuals is fully operational again. The Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot reopened on Friday, Sept. 7, with expanded hours and services. The space contains three trailers holding showers, sinks, toilets, and washer and dryer set-ups.
The Skid Row Community Improvement Coalition, in partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, developed the ReFresh Spot. The center launched last December at 557 Crocker St. It closed in March so that it could be expanded and enhanced. However, a one-month renovation stretched on repeatedly; trailers had to be shipped to the site and then connected to utilities. Additionally, project representatives blamed part of the delay on the time it took to secure approvals from the state.
One trailer began operating July 10, but the wait for the other two endured. The ReFresh Spot, which formerly was open on parts of four days each week, is now a full-time facility. The team behind the hygiene center anticipates that more than 300 people will use the space each day.