The Safe Parking Program

Safe Parking Program At JFS

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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.


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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

Check back for more volunteer opportunities as our Family and Children’s Hub grows! 

Dinner Host FAQs - Safe Parking Program at Balboa Lot

Dinner Host FAQs - Safe Parking Program at Aero Lot



Individuals 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)
This in-depth article highlights the success of our Safe Parking program.

Mayor Faulconer Announces Expansion of Dreams for Change Safe Parking Program Operated at JFS
With the help of the City, we are doubling the capacity of the program, which offers families living out of their vehicles a safe place to park at night, as well as supportive services to help them transition back into permanent housing.

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) 

Agregan Estacionamientos Para Personas Que Viven en Sus Autos en San Diego (Telemundo 20) 

Mayor Unveils Program for San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (CBS 8) 

Mayor Unveils Program for San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (CW San Diego) 

Mayor Unveils Program for San Diego's Homeless Living in Vehicles (760 AM KFMB)

San Diego Program to Provide Safe Parking for Homeless Living in Vehicles (ABC 10 News) 

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) 

Program Offering Homeless Overnight Parking To Expand (KPBS) 

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)

Safe Parking Program Expanded for Homeless Individuals, Families Living in Cars (SDGLN) 

Voice of San Diego/Lisa Halverstadt's tweets

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Client Access
(858) 637-3373

(858) 637-3050

(858) 637-3210

(General Information)
(858) 637-3000

Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA  92123

For Media Inquiries
Sandy Young / Ashley Weaver, J. Walcher Communications /, (619) 295-7140

All communication is strictly confidential.

Generously funded by the City of San Diego & Community Donors



For media inquiries, contact: Sandy Young / Ashley Weaver, J. Walcher Communications /, (619) 295-7140