Safe Parking Program At JFS
Every night, JFS operates a Safe Parking Program 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 often accompany homelessness.
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 holistic services focused on basic needs assistance, employment, family wellness, school success, financial education, credit repair, and housing, our goal is to create a pathway out of homelessness while being a support to people where they are now.
The program operates seven nights per week at two secured lots on Balboa Avenue and Aero Drive.
Resource & Housing Navigation
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. Clients can also meet with Housing Specialists to develop an action plan with an emphasis on finding permanent housing solutions.
Family & Children’s Hub
The JFS Family and Children’s Hub is designed to support families on our JFS campus. The Hub provides a stable, youth-friendly space to support children’s academic and social development through access to books, one-on-one tutoring, wellness activities, creative projects, and more. While trained and caring staff and volunteers focus on the individual needs of each child, parents are free to work with case managers on their housing plans and other pressing needs.
Enroll in the Safe Parking Program: Take the Next Step
If you are currently living in your car and need information about enrolling in the Safe Parking Program, please call (858) 637-3373.
Volunteer - Provide a Dinner
If you are interested in volunteering, we invite you, along with your community group, friends, or colleagues to host and serve dinner for the Safe Parking Program Participants. Get started at secure.jfssd.org/safeparkingprogramapp.
Check back for more volunteer opportunities as our Family and Children’s Hub grows!
DonateIndividuals and families have limited space in their vehicles. Please consider donating items from the Safe Parking Program Wish List that is updated regularly to indicate the most needed items.
Generously funded by City of San Diego & Community Donors.
Safe Parking in the News
San Diego did what Seattle didn’t: give people a safe place to sleep in cars (The Seattle Times)
Mayor Faulconer Announces Expansion of Dreams for Change Safe Parking Program Operated at JFS
Parking Lot Provides Safe Place for Homeless Families (NBC 7 San Diego)
Homeless Who Sleep in Cars to get Third Parking Lot on City Land (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
City Expands Safe Parking Program for Homeless Living in Cars (Times of San Diego)
San Diego Expands Lots for Homeless Sleeping in Cars (NBC 7 San Diego)
Mayor Announces Safe Parking Program to Help San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (10News live stream on Facebook)
City Expands Parking Program for Families Living in their Cars (Fox 5 San Diego)
Expanden Programa Estacionamiento Para Personas Sin hogar en San Diego (Univision San Diego)
Mayor Faulconer Announces Safe Parking Program for Homeless Individuals & Families Living Out of Their Cars (City of San Diego press release)