Safe Parking Program Marks Third Anniversary

The Safe Parking Program just marked its third anniversary in April! The program’s goal is to provide a safe, legal place to park and case management for people experiencing homelessness and living out of their vehicles. Safe Parking continues to be a resource for families and individuals without other options and helps provide stability while they are working toward housing. In the three years of operations, the program has served a total of 109 individuals, with 50 of them transitioned successfully into housing.
A guest went through the Safe Parking Program after struggling to find a safe place to live and regroup. With the help of his case manager, he was able to successfully secure employment and transition into housing.
“This program provided me with a safe place to stay, sanitation, and a sense of purpose. I felt as my dignity was restored, providing opportunity, safety and support was heartfelt and gave me purpose,” he shared.
This year marked an exciting milestone of incorporating a fifth host site into the program, which was the original goal and increases program capacity to 15 vehicles total. Site hosts include the city, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, and three faith-based partners, who each provide space for up to three vehicles to park, a portable restroom, and a storage unit. Just Compassion of East Washington County continues to act as operating partner, providing case management and housing navigation for guests.
For more information about the program, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/SafeParking. For enrollment, contact Just Compassion at 503-624-4666.