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

From: Gail Thompson <"Gail>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:01:49 -0700

I think we (STB) people tried to get the program going here and we did have some momentum. I know several churches explored the possibility and some met opposition from neighbors. Also, when one of the Safe Parking Santa Barbara leaders came to St. Marks and gave a presentation, she mentioned it’s good to start the program at a site that isn’t surrounded by neighbors, for example a church, business, city lot with a large lot/in a commercial area. Also I do recall thinking we need city leadership and support to have a successful program.

Gail Thompson

 

From: stb_discussion_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:12 PM
To: Judith Bhushan
Cc: Aram James; city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Re: Excellent review of Santa Barbara's Safe Parking program, a program desig...

 

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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