Following several other California cities, San Francisco is considering designating a parking lot as a safe place for people living in RVs to spend the night.
Two lawmakers have proposed allowing RV residents to park and sleep in a lot near a city BART station; the lot is currently used for employee parking and would hold 30 vehicles. A survey earlier this year found that 35 percent of homeless people sleep in vehicles, adding to concerns that previous counts of homeless people had fallen short of real numbers. San Francisco follows Oakland, San Diego, and Los Angeles in the effort.
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As part of a larger program that hopes to get homeless families into housing, the City of San Jose, Calif., has established a safe parking area for those living in their vehicles to spend the night.
Up to 17 families living in vehicles will be allowed to park in the lot of a community center from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., with access to the building’s restrooms and showers. A local nonprofit will be responsible for security and trash removal, and will simultaneously offer job search help and other services. The pilot program is set to run through June, after which the city will consider implementing it permanently, perhaps growing the program to additional lots.
While some churches and other nonprofits allow homeless families to park and sleep overnight, this is the first city-sanctioned program in San Jose. Read about it here.