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Seattle Reviewing 72-hour On-street Parking Rule

street in SeattleCaught between advocates for people living in recreational vehicles, vans, and other cars, and businesses who say such vehicles using on-street parking long-term keep customers away, the City of Seattle is revisiting its rule that says vehicles can’t stay in the same on-street space for more than 72 hours in the city.

The rule was suspended in April 2020,when COVID-19 kept many people home from work and regular shopping and outings, which meant they weren’t using their cars as much. It was reinstated this past April, and that set off controversy: Homeless people live in vehicles and, advocates say, asking them to move every three days is unfair; businesses, on the other hand, say vehicles that don’t move regularly clog streets and create garbage and crime that keep customers away.

It’s a conundrum being seen by an increasing number of municipalities. For its part, Seattle says it will revisit the rule to balance all needs as COVID-19 continues to affect travel patterns and lifestyles.

Parking to Play Key Role in Helping Homeless Families

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.