In the News: Planning Commission Approves Safe Parking Site at Balboa Upper Yard
The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved plans for a temporary vehicle triage center that would provide a safe parking space for people who live in their vehicles.
According to the plan, the center would be located at 2340 San Jose Ave., the future site of Balboa Upper Yards, a 138-unit affordable housing complex developed by Mission Housing Development Corporation. Construction on the complex won’t start until October 2020, so the space would only serve as a temporary spot.
“We’re proud at Mission Housing to continue our tradition of leading with bold ideas to battle our housing shortage crisis,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at the nonprofit.
The pilot program would provide space for 33 vehicles, allow people to park long-term and camp in their vehicles overnight, and offer amenities like restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a kitchen and eating areas.
“Connecting families to services and supporting them during difficult times should be our direct response to the needs of our community,” said Mission Housing’s Deputy Executive Director, Marcia Contreras. “It’s a fundamental act of human compassion and kindness. Mission Housing believes strongly in supporting our families in need and connecting them to resources.”
Residents would be allowed to stay for up to 90 days, and after that their stay could be extended at the director’s discretion.
The space would also be equipped with security and office space to provide onsite services for those living in their vehicles.