Not many van dwellers willing to take up offer. Why? Because there are rules? Because it’s easier to park on city streets?
$150,000 spent. Six people served. Tax and spend.
According to a report to the county Health and Human Services committee, a total of six participants have signed up so far for the program, including its access to case management services aimed at providing links to jobs and housing. But none had actually parked at the site as of last week
Park In Parker’s Park?
I say they should be allowed to sleep in Parklets overnight too.
The Pacific Grove City Council on Wednesday moved closer to creating a city ordinance allowing homeless people to sleep in their cars at church parking lots and other approved locations.
The city has been “visionary” in its approach to homelessness, said Tia Sukin, founder and director of One Starfish Safe Parking and Supportive Services, which will run the project.
“They’ve also been very aggressive in making sure this gets on their agenda. That’s really nice to see, trying to help people,” she said.
Under the program, homeless people with vehicles will be screened before they are approved to sleep in a designated church or other parking lot.
Pacific Grove Tries To Attract Homeless With Free Parking
Transients are OK in P.G. as long as they have money to spend at the motels.
Last week, a 31-year-old Los Angeles city law aimed at preventing homeless persons from using parked vehicles as living quarters was ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Pacific Grove City Council last August voted 4-3 to prohibit living or sleeping in vehicles parked on public property. The decision came over protests by advocates for the homeless, but Police Chief Vicki Myers said it would give officers more latitude in contacting people in need of services.
Laredo said Pacific Grove’s law is different in several ways from the L.A. law, and the appeals court ruling “may strike it down or it may not.”
Monterey City Attorney Christine Davi said she was looking at the appeals court ruling to see if it would affect Monterey’s ban on overnight parking in certain areas. The city last year, amid a debate over homeless in the community, considered expanding the parking ban to other commercial areas.
No Laws Against Living In Cars?
Will it be like Monterey’s program that spent the money on more cops and bus tickets to elsewhere?
A report prepared by Fischer and Cuneo said a 2013 count estimated about 1,240 homeless people on the Peninsula, including 350 women and several hundred elderly people.
“Many of these people are capable of working their way back into being productive members of society if given some assistance,”
Last year, the Monterey City Council set aside $40,000 for homeless services, but the fund was tapped in October to provide $20,000 to pay for increased police patrols downtown and on Fisherman’s Wharf. The Monterey council previously agreed to spend $1,500 to buy bus passes for homeless people needing transportation.
Pacific Grove Sets Money Aside For Homeless
The city can’t collect transient occupancy tax on a van dweller. Send them to Monterey instead. In the words of MoeAmmar “It’s the greatest thing to ever happen”.
“It came up with little fanfare, but I think people who advocate for the homeless got wind of it,” Mayor Bill Kampe said Thursday. The mayor and Councilmen Robert Huitt and Ken Cuneo cast dissenting votes.
About 10 people testified against the vehicle-sleeping ban, which Police Chief Vicki Myers said would give officers more latitude in contacting people in need of services.
“They didn’t want us hassling people in cars who are down and out … but this is exactly what the chief argued — to let people know about all the programs and to put them in the right direction,” Councilman Daniel Miller said.
The move came as the city of Monterey has been wrestling with homeless issues, and is exploring creating overnight parking spots for people living in vehicles.
Homeless Living In Cars Not Welcome In P.G.