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Mobile hygiene unit ‘Howie’ ready to hit the road to help the homeless

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PEORIA (WEEK) - New wheels to help the homeless will hit the street next week to help this area's homeless population.

Heart of Illinois United Way is introducing the vehicle to help people experiencing homelessness to get access to hygiene.

The vehicle is called "Howie", which stands for Hygiene-On-Wheels-Independence-Empowered.

Howie has two bathrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a wheelchair lift.

Hygiene products will also be given away. The need for such services is greater now than ever, said Christine Kahl, chief executive officer for Phoenix Community Development Services.

"When the COVID pandemic hit the local area, and so many of the businesses closed down, it became far more critical for people that are living on the streets, or in places not meant for human habitation, to have a place to take care of their personal hygiene."

The mobile hygiene unit is partnership between Phoenix Community Development Services and United Way.

The truck will rotate parking near homeless encampments in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, and Fulton Counties.

Howie will hit the streets next week.

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