Who We Serve
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.
The Story of Alfred Beltran( AB)
AB is a 52 year old gentleman who has been living in his van for about 9 months. He emailed Safe Parking LA( SPALA) one afternoon looking for more information about possible parking lots where he could sleep safely at night in the Northeast LA neighborhoods. AB got very excited to learn that there might be places off the streets where people like himself could get services and call their home.
AB had been volunteering in his neighborhood with a church food program and wanted to be more involved in procuring lots for Safe Parking. His desire to help and his knowledge of the Northeast neighborhoods was instrumental in SPALA staff meeting the head of one church and the owner of one private parking lot. None of these referrals have led to a SPALA run Safe Parking program, yet.
AB became so involved in his neighborhood that when a seat opened up in the Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, AB ran for the spot and was elected. He very well might be the first person living in a vehicle who is a neighborhood councilman not just in Cypress Park, but in all of the 96 Neighborhood councils throughout LA City.
SPALA is fortunate to have met AB and he is a welcome member of our outreach efforts.
Lets give the homeless a safe place to sleep.