Frequently Asked Questions
RE: SAYING YES TO BEING A SAFE PARKING PARTNER
Download FAQ for communities hosting Safe Parking LA programs
1. HOW IS IT SAFE?
Safe Parking programs bring security to a neighborhood program because a place that was empty and dark at night now has “eyes on the lot” in the form of a nighttime guard during program hours. Patrons on the lot have an expectation of safety through the application/vetting process and can sleep safely at night with someone on-site to secure the premises.
All applicants are fully screened through an application and interview process, which includes all of the rules and regulations about no noise after 10pm, good neighbor policies, where to properly shower and dispose of trash, etc. All adults are also screened in the National Sex Offender database. Eviction and termination of lot privileges can be immediate. An active relationship is maintained with LAPD and the City Council office so that immediate expulsion from the lot can be carried out quickly. Safe Parking programs are geared toward people who want to be connected to services and housing. People who do not want to follow rules or have their activities viewed do not go through application processes to request supervision.
2. WHERE ARE THE LOTS?
All safe parking programs across the city and county of Los Angeles are accessible through an application process. For the safety and privacy of our patrons, the lots are not listed publicly.
3. HOURS OF OPERATION
Safe Parking programs are intended to create safe, stable, and legal options for people who are sleeping in their vehicles and actively seeking services. Safe Parking LA programs typically run from 8:30pm-6:30am to cover the times when on most city streets it is illegal and unsafe to sleep during the hours of 9pm-6am. See the Los Angeles Municipal Code 85.02 and the Green Streets Maps for more information about where it is legal (though unfortunately not very safe) to sleep in vehicles at night.
4. WHO IS SAFE PARKING REALLY FOR?
Safe Parking programs can be operated differently by different providers. Safe Parking LA programs are meant for people who are falling into homelessness for the first time and need a safe and stable place to sleep in their vehicles at night while they make arrangements for new housing situations, sometimes with the help of case management, if they qualify for additional services.
Safe Parking LA also accepts referrals from case managers who are actively working with clients who are on their pathway forward into housing and need the safety and stability of a safe parking program to support this work.
All Safe Parking programs bathroom and hand-washing facilities, typically in the form of portapotties, arranged and paid for by Safe Parking LA unless the local facility allows access to restrooms on site.
7. CASE MANAGEMENT
All safe parking programs are meant to be an intervention in someone’s experience being homeless, intending to prevent them from losing their vehicle and falling further into homelessness. While direct case management is available through the Coordinated Entry System based on need, Safe Parking LA provides some “light touch” services that help people find community solutions that can help them find their own pathway back into housing.