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September 18, 2020
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PARKING SITE OPENS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW
JOSE – Today,
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announced the opening of a new
24-hour safe parking site at 1020 Terra Bella Avenue in Mountain
View, the third such offering in the City. The new site, which hosts
up to eight oversized vehicles (such as RVs) and one passenger vehicle, is
made possible through a partnership between the County of Santa Clara, the City
of Mountain View, and Alta Housing.
Under State law, the County
has the ability to operate safe parking lots on a 24-hour basis, which is key
to their success. Such 24-hour safe parking has frequently been requested by
vehicle dwellers who otherwise need to move their RVs onto city streets
during the day (when “overnight” lots close).
With the opening of the Terra
Bella Avenue site, there are now three 24-hour safe parking sites in Mountain
View: one on Shoreline, one on Evelyn, and one on Terra Bella. “We’re making
progress,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, “but it’s never
enough or fast enough – we need to maintain a real sense of urgency.”
In March of this year,
Simitian announced a targeted effort to identify “A Whole Lotta Lots” in Palo
Alto and Mountain View, pulling together local residents, businesses people,
and governments officials to partner in the effort.
continues to lead the region in helping vulnerable populations," said City
of Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga. "So I am pleased to announce
that, through a partnership with Alta Housing, we have been able to renovate
this unfinished and formerly residential space into our third Safe Parking
program lot. This allows us to add even more spaces for local people living in
vehicles to access services and assistance that will transition families in
need to stable housing."
"We're proud to partner
with the City of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, and MOVE Mountain View to
provide a safe lot where households living in cars and RVs can find stability
while transitioning to permanent housing, especially during this pandemic,"
said Randy Tsuda, President and CEO of Alta Housing (formerly Palo Alto Housing).
In the past five years,
the number of Santa Clara County residents living in
cars and recreational vehicles (RVs) has increased
significantly. In the latest Santa Clara County Homeless Census 18%
of unhoused County residents were found to be living in
vehicles – up from 8% in 2015 and 2017.
While not a long-term
solution, safe parking allows residents to have stability in where
they sleep each night while they seek permanent housing. Ideally,
safe parking programs in the County would allow
vehicle residents a safe and designated place to park while
pairing them with case management.
This new site, as with all three sites, is operated by MOVE Mountain
View and is available for both RVs and vehicular residents. To participate in
the program (for any of the three lots) mentioned above, register through the
Community Services Agency (CSA).
“Alta Housing and the City have been terrific partners. We can do
so much more when we work together this way,” said Simitian.