Safe Parking Program - JFSSD
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Safe Parking Program

The Safe Parking Program opened a new lot in Vista for overnight parking. This lot has 25 parking spaces for program participants and includes onsite services through case managers, lead case managers, and program supervisors. For more information, please review our FAQ available in English and Spanish.

Meeting people where they are with safety, security, and support

The Safe Parking Program offers a pathway out of homelessness and a return to stable housing. Every night, we provide safety, security, and support 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.

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 wraparound services focused on basic needs assistance, employment, family wellness, school success, financial education, credit repair, and most importantly, a return to housing.

The program operates seven nights per week at six secured lots at Balboa Avenue, Aero Drive, Mission Village Drive (open 24 hours), Rose Canyon, Encinitas, and Vista. Enrollment is required for all locations. To enroll, call (858) 637-3373 or start the process online.

Living in an RV or an Over-Sized Vehicle?
Our Safe Parking site in Mission Valley provides a safe and secure environment for RVs and other large vehicles where you can sleep without the risk of being ticketed.

Take the Next Step

Call (858) 637-3373 to enroll

San Diego County CoC HMISNotice of Privacy Practices

Regional Task Force on the Homeless HMISPrivacy & Security Policies

Transitioning from Safe Parking to Stable Housing

“A kitchen to cook fresh food, a bathroom to take care of ourselves, and a bedroom to sleep without worry and with comfort, I will never take any of this for granted.” 
– Maria

For more than a year, Rudy and Maria lived in their van. They found safety, security, and community at our Safe Parking Program for nine months before transitioning to stable housing. Now they are living in an apartment they love in Otay Mesa and are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.

UCSD – The Department of Urban Studies and Planning Evaluation of Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Safe Parking Program

January 2022

In 2019, researchers from UC San Diego’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning began a three-year evaluation of our Safe Parking Program to answer our biggest question: Is the SPP model effective in stopping the downward spiral of homelessness? The report on the first two years of research explains more about our Safe Parking Program model and what we can do to help even more of our unsheltered neighbors get back into stable housing.



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.

Volunteer To Host A Safe Parking Dinner

JFS provides nutritional assistance to all Safe Parking guests while in our care. We invite you, along with your community group, friends, or colleagues to host a Safe Parking dinner. You and your group will experience hands-on the difference your donation makes as you serve with a smile.

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Generously funded by the City of San Diego, City of Vista, Coastal Community Foundation, County of San Diego – Behavioral Health Services, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Nordson Corporate Foundation, Peacemakers Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Regional Task Force on the Homeless, SCAN Health Plan, and The San Diego Women’s Foundation