Moving Forward Together

Safe Parking Program

Every night, JFS operates a Safe Parking Program for unsheltered San Diegans living out of their vehicles, many of whom are experiencing homelessness for the first time. As these individuals and families work to lift themselves up out of a difficult situation, many are making a nightly choice between buying food or purchasing gas to get to work and school. Creating further barriers to stability are the isolation and lack of social support that so many experiencing homelessness often face. In addition, we know that many more people are in this situation as a result of the pandemic, which has exacerbated income inequality, and due to increasing housing costs across Southern California.

The Safe Parking Program provides a welcoming environment, meaningful resources and tools, and dignified support to help families stabilize and transition back into permanent housing. With holistic services focused on basic needs assistance, employment, family wellness, school success, financial education, credit repair, and housing, our goal is to create a pathway out of homelessness while being a support to people where they are now.

The program operates seven nights per week at four secured lots at Balboa Avenue, Aero Drive, Mission Village Drive, and Encinitas. To enroll, call (858) 637-3373 or start the process online.

Living in an RV and Searching for Permanent Housing?
Our lot in Mission Valley is our first lot that can accommodate RVs. In addition to a safe, secure place where you can sleep without fear of being ticketed, we provide supportive services and resources to help you move into permanent housing.

Take the Next Step

Call (858) 637-3373 to enroll

To view daily utilization rates of our Safe Parking Lot in Encinitas, click here.

To view answers to frequently asked questions about our Safe Parking Lot in Encinitas, click here.


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.


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


Generously funded by the City of San Diego, Community Donors, and The San Diego Women’s Foundation