For San Diegans experiencing homelessness, Mayor Todd Gloria introduced Friday he has recognized the required funding to increase entry at one of many Metropolis’s Secure Parking heaps to 24 hours a day.
“That is yet one more instance of town taking steps to decrease boundaries in order that extra folks experiencing homelessness come off the streets,” Gloria stated. “Creating 24-hour entry to Secure Parking will assist of us whose work and household schedules aren’t well-aligned with the present hours of operation, enabling them to not solely park in a protected place but additionally entry supportive companies and get on a path to housing.”
The Metropolis’s Secure Parking Program, operated below contract by Jewish Household Service of San Diego, contains three amenities – two in Kearny Mesa and one in Mission Valley. At the moment, the heaps are open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. day by day.
Subsequent week, the Mayor will suggest the San Diego Metropolis Council approve round $1.43 million to proceed this system by way of June 30, 2023, with $440,000 going towards extending hours on the Mission Valley website.
The San Diego Metropolis Council will vote on the proposal on June 28; the efficient date of the expanded hours has but to be decided.
“I’ve seen firsthand how impactful the Secure Parking Program is in addressing the wants of our unsheltered people and households, and I’m proud that certainly one of these heaps is in Mission Valley, District 7,” stated Metropolis Councilmember Raul Campillo. “Enlargement of this program to 24 hours a day, 7 days per week will permit San Diegans dwelling out of their automobiles to have higher entry to a protected atmosphere with important sources. I’ve been a robust supporter of the Secure Parking Program and can proceed to advocate for extra funding to extend the variety of heaps we offer and the companies we provide at every website. I respect Mayor Gloria’s proposal to extend funding and doubtlessly assist extra San Diegans transition to extra everlasting housing.”
The Secure Parking Program has served almost 2,200 households because it began in 2018, and roughly 650 households to this point have been linked straight from this system to everlasting housing, shelter, or household reunification.
This system supplies a welcoming atmosphere, sources and instruments, and assist to assist households stabilize and transition into extra everlasting housing. With holistic companies targeted on primary wants help, employment, household wellness, faculty success, monetary training, and housing, this system’s objective is to create a pathway out of homelessness whereas being a assist to folks the place they’re now.
“We’re dedicated to altering the narrative round homelessness,” stated Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Household Service of San Diego. “Many San Diegans are an revenue discount, main well being difficulty, or different sudden emergency away from being unable to keep up a steady place to stay, and initiatives just like the Secure Parking Program are very important to forestall those that have misplaced their housing from falling deeper into homelessness.
“At JFS, we search to repeatedly study extra concerning the affect of our companies. We obtained useful suggestions from UC San Diego’s analysis of our program, and we’re happy to begin placing them into motion with the hour’s enlargement at our Mission Valley lot …”
In 2019, researchers from UC San Diego’s Division of City Research and Planning started a three-year analysis of the Secure Parking Program to evaluate this system’s effectiveness and suggestions for enchancment. Key findings to this point embrace:
- For 70 p.c of program contributors, that is their first time experiencing homelessness.
- Greater than 25 p.c of program contributors are older than 60, with almost half older than 50.
- 20 p.c of contributors are members of households with kids, and slightly greater than 14 p.c of purchasers are youthful than 20.
“Our analysis confirmed that the JFS Secure Parking Program is among the largest and most complete packages of its form within the U.S. It’s a important device in our collective toolbox for addressing homelessness in San Diego,” Mirle Rabinowitz-Bussell, co-director of the brand new Homelessness Hub at UC San Diego and a co-author of the report. “It’s our fervent hope that every one San Diegans – and all folks in every single place – be wholesome, protected, safe and stably housed.”
The brand new contract for Secure Parking will likely be administered by HSSD.