Safe Parking Program At JFS
The Safe Parking Program provides a safe and welcoming environment for unsheltered families and individuals living in their cars, many of whom have recently found themselves homeless for the first time. JFS understands that a vehicle is often a family’s last asset, allowing them to access resources, look for employment, or get to and from work and school.
Focused on stopping the downward spiral of homelessness, the Safe Parking Program provides more than a dependable place to park at night. The program includes supportive services to help individuals and families stabilize and transition back into permanent housing. The Safe Parking Program operates seven nights per week at two secured lots on Balboa Avenue and Aero Drive.
Resource & Housing Navigation
Our Case Management team is committed to addressing the comprehensive needs of individuals and families facing homelessness. Our supportive services include food assistance, employment development, emergency support, benefits access, and asset building. Clients can also meet with Housing Specialists to develop an action plan with an emphasis on finding permanent housing solutions.
Family & Children’s Hub
The JFS Family and Children’s Hub is designed to support families on our JFS campus. The Hub provides a stable, youth-friendly space to support children’s academic and social development through access to books, one-on-one tutoring, wellness activities, creative projects, and more. While trained and caring staff and volunteers focus on the individual needs of each child, parents are free to work with case managers on their housing plans and other pressing needs.
Enroll in the Safe Parking Program: Take the Next Step
If you are currently living in your car and need information about enrolling in the Safe Parking Program, please call (858) 637-3373.
Volunteer - Provide a Dinner
If you are interested in volunteering, we invite you, along with your community group, friends, or colleagues to host and serve dinner for the Safe Parking Program Participants. Get started at www.jfssd.org/safeparkingprogramapp.
Check back for more volunteer opportunities as our Family and Children’s Hub grows!
Dinner Host FAQs - Safe Parking Program at Balboa Lot
Dinner Host FAQs - Safe Parking Program at Aero Lot
Individuals and families have limited space in their vehicles. Please consider donating items from the Safe Parking Program Wish List that is updated regularly to indicate the most needed items.
Generously funded by City of San Diego & Community Donors.
Safe Parking in the News
San Diego did what Seattle didn’t: give people a safe place to sleep in cars (The Seattle Times)
This in-depth article highlights the success of our Safe Parking program.
Mayor Faulconer Announces Expansion of Dreams for Change Safe Parking Program Operated at JFS
With the help of the City, we are doubling the capacity of the program, which offers families living out of their vehicles a safe place to park at night, as well as supportive services to help them transition back into permanent housing.
Parking Lot Provides Safe Place for Homeless Families (NBC 7 San Diego)
Homeless Who Sleep in Cars to get Third Parking Lot on City Land (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
City Expands Safe Parking Program for Homeless Living in Cars (Times of San Diego)
San Diego Expands Lots for Homeless Sleeping in Cars (NBC 7 San Diego)
Agregan Estacionamientos Para Personas Que Viven en Sus Autos en San Diego (Telemundo 20)
Mayor Unveils Program for San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (CBS 8)
Mayor Unveils Program for San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (CW San Diego)
Mayor Unveils Program for San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (760 AM KFMB)
San Diego Program to Provide Safe Parking for Homeless Living in Vehicles (ABC 10 News)
Mayor Announces Safe Parking Program to Help San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (10News live stream on Facebook)
City Expands Parking Program for Families Living in their Cars (Fox 5 San Diego)
Program Offering Homeless Overnight Parking To Expand (KPBS)
Expanden Programa Estacionamiento Para Personas Sin hogar en San Diego (Univision San Diego)
Mayor Faulconer Announces Safe Parking Program for Homeless Individuals & Families Living Out of Their Cars (City of San Diego press release)
Safe Parking Program Expanded for Homeless Individuals, Families Living in Cars (SDGLN)
Voice of San Diego/Lisa Halverstadt's tweets
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