Every night, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) operates a Safe Parking Program in three locations in San Diego for unsheltered San Diegans living out of their vehicles, many of whom are experiencing homelessness for the first time. As these individuals and families work to lift themselves up out of a difficult situation, many are making a nightly choice between buying food or purchasing gas to get to work and school.
JFS has received a state grant to establish a Safe Parking Lot for 25 cars in the North County region. They have approached the City of Encinitas for permission to operate a lot at Leichtag Commons. The target clients for this would be primarily families, seniors, and working professionals who are unable to afford permanent housing and instead live out of their cars.
Safe Parking Program clients also benefit from a comprehensive suite of services from JFS, including case management, housing navigation, financial assistance, financial asset building strategies and more – all with the goal of getting individuals and families back on their feet and mitigating the downward spiral of homelessness.
Leichtag Foundation has offered to lease space to the City of Encinitas to allow JFS operate the program between the hours of 5:30pm until 7am, Monday through Sunday, 365 days a year.
Program Proposal and FAQs
We welcome your questions. If you have questions about Leichtag Commons as the site for the program, please email Charlene Seidle, Leichtag Foundation Executive Vice President or call (760) 929-1090. If you have questions regarding the program itself, please email Carole Yellen, JFS Director of Strategic Partnerships, or call (858) 637-3395.