Our Mission

Our mission is simple, we want to provide safe parking options for individuals living in their vehicles. In Los Angeles, there are over 7,100 persons living in vehicles (cars and R.V.s) each night, per the L.A. County Homeless Count performed in January 2016. In LA County there are a total of 12,200 persons living in vehicles. These vehicle dwellers represent 25% of the population of people experiencing homelessness in LA County.



  Photo Credit:  Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News

Founded in 2016, Safe Parking LA is a coordinating organization for the community which assists homeless 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, 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 2018 Safe Parking LA opened its first Safe Parking lot at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Koreatown. A second Safe Parking lot was opened shortly after at the Department of Veteran Affairs Campus in Los Angeles.  


Additional Resources 

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority: Vehicles and Encampments and the People Residing in Them

Safe Parking Pilot Program Framework

Ordinance 85.02



Learn about Safe Parking LA's Three Step Process