The city of San Luis Obispo is set to hold a workshop Monday to discuss an ordinance being drafted that will dictate the future expansion of its Safe Parking Pilot Program.
The Safe Parking Pilot Program provides five parking spaces for homeless people living in their vehicles at the Prado Day Center.
The parking lot is behind a locked gate, monitored by video surveillance. A portable toilet on the grounds is available for those staying there.
The effort is the first of its kind in San Luis Obispo, but such programs have long been used in other communities such as Santa Barbara to help reduce the number of people sleeping in their cars on city streets.
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The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County operates the program.
The ordinance will dictate where an expanded program might be and how it would be operated.
“The draft ordinance details the methodology the city could use to determine whether a particular site is well suited as a Safe Parking location and, if so, how that site should be operated and managed,” said project manager Tyler Corey. “Applicants would be social service providers, in partnership with property owners, with experience overseeing these types of programs.”
According to the city, there are 1,592 homeless people in the city of San Luis Obispo. This number includes children and adults. Of those, about 20 percent have been identified as people with a desire to actively participate in programs that can transition them out of homelessness.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the City/County Library Community Room at 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo. For additional information call Tyler Corey at 781-7169.