A program to provide a safe overnight parking space for some of the homeless living in their vehicles on city streets launches tonight in San Luis Obispo.
The pilot program, overseen by the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, offers five parking spaces at the Prado Day Center. So far, all five spots are filled.
Those who park there are required to participate in case management and want to transition into housing. The number of people living in their cars has increased in recent years for a variety of reasons including the economy, a lack of transitional and affordable housing and limited shelter beds, according to city officials.
The issue came to the public's attention when officers began enforcing a city ordinance that prohibits overnight camping on city streets. The City Council approved the safe parking program in late March.