Safe Parking Initiative

The SPI provides safe overnight parking for women, men and their families who are living in their vehicles.

The program gives people living with homelessness a place to park their vehicles and sleep in a safe setting, access to resources they need to address basic hygiene needs and connects them with a full array of medical and social support services.

Additional information on the Safe Parking Initiative services, eligibility requirements and participant guidelines can be found below.

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Safe Parking Initiative Services Available:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Pediatric & Perinatal Services
  • Women's Health & OB/GYN Services
  • Case Management
  • Homeless Case Management and Housing Navigation

Additional Services Include:

Tokens/card to a laundromat that is close to the Safe Parking area, prepaid gas cards and discount memberships to the local gyms or YMCA. Community partner organizations provide rotating specialty services that include:
  • Food services
  • Daycare
  • Legal aid
  • Employment training
  • Educational opportunities
  • Financial literacy/credit repair
  • General public/government benefits assistance
  • Senior centers/adult day centers
  • Housing providers

SPI Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the program, participants must have:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • An operational and insured vehicle that is currently licensed and registered (any state)
  • A working phone or e-mail
  • Lived in San Diego County for at least the last six months
  • A Release of Information if referred by a third-party provider

If an individual or family meets the initial qualifications, they will be referred to a Case Manager for an interview and intake assessment. The Case Manager will determine admittance into the program.

SPI Participant Guidelines

Participants in the Safe Parking Program must follow the guidelines listed below. A full list of rules will be provided when admitted into the program.

  • Participants must be in the lot by 8:00 p.m. and exit by 7:00 a.m. every morning
  • Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • Only active program participants can be on-site during program hours; no friends or guests are permitted in the lots.
  • Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking area.
  • Pets are welcome but must be either inside a vehicle or leashed at all times.
  • All other belongings must be kept in a vehicle. No tents, tarps or canopies are permitted.