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Re: Excellent review of Santa Barbara's Safe Parking program, a program desig...

From: domainremoved <chuck>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:11:45 -0700

Thank you Cybele and Aram for helping keep this great idea alive.

We studied it with the Safe Parking Working Group under the direction of
Curtis for the Palo Alto City Council in 2012 I believe it was as I'm sure
you remember.

We learned a lot: one thing I'll never forget is that churches are very
slow moving institutions in the society. We were trying to get churches to
answer far more quickly whether they would support a safe parking program
at their respective churches in far less time than the congregations need
to consider such requests.

It seems to me after our first hand research (visiting Safe Parking in
Santa Barbara), seeing it at work here in Palo Alto and Mountain View and
reading about it in other places that there is only one conclusion to
reach: a safe parking program similar to or based on the Santa Barbara
Safe Parking Program is a workable solution to the shortage and expense of
housing for poor people.

As the Rolling Stone article (June, 2012) about the death of the middle
class makes clear, many of us who find ourselves homeless USED to part of
the middle class, are still part of the working class, but just cannot
afford the hyper-stratospheric rents in most of the Bay Area.

I hope the City Councils of Bay Area municipalities and the County
Commissioners will never do anything to block safe parking programs and to
facilitate this low-cost, safe, community response to the needs of those
who don't live in traditional shelter.

Thank you both for keeping this useful idea alive.

Chuck Jagoda, Homeless Activist, Shelter Consultant

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 10:41 PM, <Bhushans_at_(domainremoved)

> Aram, I agree. Cybele
> In a message dated 3/7/2017 11:43:35 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
> Hi Folks,
> Here is an excellent short video re Santa Barbara's Safe Parking program.
> I'm requesting local City Council members and board of supervisor members,
> consider such a program, in their jurisdictions, as part of a systemic
> effort at mitigating and ultimately ending homelessness.
> Thanks,
> Aram
> P.S. Thanks to homeless advocate Chuck Jagoda for forwarding this video my
> way. As an aside, chuck Jagoda and I traveled to Santa Barbara,
> approximately four year ago, to visit the Santa Barbara's Safe Parking
> program.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lm1V_dyNgg
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