As a concept, safe parking refers to a night-time program for people who are experiencing homelessness and sleeping in their vehicles at night, providing a safe and stable place to park the vehicle, remain compliant with local laws, and have access to restroom facilities. All safe parking programs are accessible by filling out an application and connecting to services that help identify pathways into housing.
Safe Parking LA
(Safe Parking LA is a project of Community Partners)
Our mission is simple, we want to provide safe parking options for people experiencing homelessness in their vehicles. In Los Angeles County, there are over 15,700 persons living in 9100 vehicles (cars, vans, campers, and R.V.s) each night, per the L.A. County Homeless Count performed in January 2018. These vehicle dwellers represent over 25% of the population of people experiencing homelessness in LA County.
Founded in 2016, Safe Parking LA is a coordinating organization for the community which assists homeless families and individuals living in their vehicles. We support the implementation of "Safe Parking Lots", which provide individuals a safe place to park each night, restroom access, a security guard, and social service resources.
We developed our Safe Parking Program based off the New Beginnings Santa Barbara Safe Parking Program that has been in operation since 2004. By partnering with the City of Santa Barbara, local churches, and non-profit organizations, New Beginnings is able to provide 133 safe parking sports to individuals each night. Like New Beginnings, Safe Parking LA provides confidential, daily-monitored parking places for those who are living in their vehicles with current proof of a valid driver's license, vehicle registration, and insurance.
In March of 2018 Safe Parking LA opened its first Safe Parking lot in Koreatown in the City of Los Angeles. A second safe parking location for veterans was opened in April of 2018 at the Department of Veteran Affairs Campus in West Los Angeles. In 2019, a total of nine sites will have opened with locations in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Reseda, Echo Park, and additional West LA sites. These nine sites provide safety for up to 190 vehicles and approximately 220 persons every night.
Our sister agencies, other social service providers in the City of Los Angeles, are operating Safe Parking programs in Council District 7,, Council District 1, and Council District 9. By the end of 2019, there will be enough safe parking in the County for 450 vehicles.