About Safe Parking LA
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 (Council District 10, Supervisor District 2) in the City of Los Angeles. A second Safe Parking lot for veterans only was opened in April of 2018 at the Department of Veteran Affairs Campus (Council District 11, Supervisor District 3) in West Los Angeles. By 2019, 6 sites opened with locations in Hollywood (Council District 13, Supervisor District 3), North Hollywood (Council District 2, Supervisor District 3) and West LA near La Cienega and the 10 Freeway (Council District 5, Supervisor District 2). These 6 sites provide safety for up to 80 vehicles and approximately 95 persons every night. Future Safe Parking LA programs include additional locations in Council District 11, Council District 3, Council District 13, all in Supervisor District 3.
Our sister agencies, other social service providers in the City of Los Angeles, are operating Safe Parking programs in Council District 7 (Supervisor District 5) and Council District 9 (Supervisor District 2).