Safe Parking Pilot Program
The City of Santa Rosa is developing a Safe Parking Pilot Program to begin in early 2022. The program, operated by Catholic Charities, will provide community members who are experiencing homelessness a place to safely park their vehicle or RV with access to basic services and wrap-around services in alignment with the City’s Housing First strategy, which helps individuals to move from homelessness into housing. Additionally, the Safe Parking Pilot Program is meant to lessen the impacts of homelessness on the broader community. The program will include up to 50 parking spaces and will be located in a portion of the City-owned parking lot at 55 Stony Point Road.
Virtual Community Meeting - Jan. 12, 2022
A virtual community meeting for residents and businesses within the area and other interested parties was held January 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. to provide information on the pilot program.
Program Operator & Funding
City Council has approved Catholic Charities as the Program operator and authorized funding for the program for two years from the City’s General Fund and $2 million in one-time monies from the American Rescue Plan Act. Additionally, the County of Sonoma has approved a $500,000 funding request from the City to provide wrap-around services for program participants. To learn more, use the following link: Staff Report and City Council Presentation.
Safe Parking FAQs & Site Map
- June 22, 2021 – City Council approved program development and selected a portion of the City-owned parking lot at 55 Stony Point Rd as the site location
- Sept. 9 – Oct. 8, 2021 – Qualified homeless services providers were invited to submit proposals to operate the program.
- Dec. 7, 2021 – City Council approved Catholic Charities as the program operator and authorized program funding for two years.
- Jan. 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. – A virtual, community meeting was held for residents and businesses within the area and other interested parties.
- February - March 2022 – Phased opening of the Safe Parking Pilot Program.