SF Examiner: ‘Safe parking site for homeless who live in their vehicles proposed near Balboa Park BART’

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Safe parking site for homeless who live in their vehicles proposed near Balboa Park BART

Facility would offer social services, security, bathrooms for overnight parkers

A parking lot near the Balboa Park station has been identified as a possible safe parking location for people living in RVs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A parking lot near the Balboa Park station has been identified as a possible safe parking location for people living in RVs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ / Jul. 15, 2019 3:45 p.m.THE CITY

It’s been a long road, but homeless RV and car dwellers may finally be able to park and rest.

City officials have proposed a Balboa Park site for the first “triage center” site for people living in their vehicles. The site at 500 Geneva Ave. at Balboa Upper Yards, announced Supervisors Ahsha Safai and Vallie Brown Monday, would provide a safe place to park and social services.

“We’ve seen a rise in homeless people living in their cars in our neighborhood,” Safai told the San Francisco Examiner Monday. “This is an honest conversation, nothing’s been decided yet.”

A community meeting is planned at Balboa High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow residents to weigh in on the plan this Saturday, July 20. Should the community be on board, Safai said he expects the pilot to begin in November, pending new legislation to lock-in the site.

The Balboa Upper Yard property will one day host 138 units of affordable housing, with the triage center providing a temporary use for the site in the meantime. Continue reading “SF Examiner: ‘Safe parking site for homeless who live in their vehicles proposed near Balboa Park BART’”