Safe Parking is coming to Glassell Park. A part of the city’s Homeless Strategy, Safe Parking uses parking lots that are secure, well-lit and available at night to provide overnight parking for people who live in their vehicles. Currently, there are seven such lots in Los Angeles.
The Safe-Parking lot in Glassell Park, which will be located at the Senior Center on Verdugo Road, is a joint effort of Council District 1 and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), in partnership with two nonprofits: Exodus Recovery and Shower of Hope.
Exodus Recovery will help identify, screen and register applicants for a safe-parking spot; only people who are pre-screened and pre-approved will be allowed to use the lot. Shower of Hope will manage the lot, including providing overnight security and maintenance. Both groups are well-known for their work with homeless people in Northeast L.A. As such, they are well-equipped to carry out the longer-term goal of Safe Parking, which is to connect the people who use the lot to services they need to become housed.