Mr. Vehicular Homeless
MJ is a 62 year old gentleman who was living in an apartment in South LA until he decided it was not safe for him any longer. He thought living in his car would be better as gang banging bullets would be less likely to penetrate his car than the last time they entered his bedroom. That next morning he abandoned his apartment and headed toward downtown LA. During his quest for safe places to park, he accumulated parking tickets and uncommon moving violations which he could not pay. HIs car was towed and impounded by the City of LA and he resorted to living on the streets and occasionally in a Skid Row shelter. He came to Safe Parking LA through the LavaMae mobile shower program. MJ applied for Safe Parking LA financial assistance for which he qualified so that he could get his car out of the City Car Impound facility. He is happy and back living in his car. Through the Safe Parking case management, MJ is working on his veteran’s benefits and finding stable housing. MJ is also a volunteer for Safe Parking LA helping other “vehicularly homeless” with their tribulations. Without Safe Parking LA, MJ might be one of the 35,000 people literally living on the streets and sidewalks and alleys of LA. At least he has a roof over his head even if it is his car’s roof. MJ does not care.