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Delay in Implementation of Monterey County Safe Parking Program

Post Date:11/30/2017 4:08 PM

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PRESS RELEASE
November 29, 2017

CONTACT:  Elliott Robinson (831)755-4434

Delay in Implementation of Monterey County Safe Parking Program

(Monterey County) – The Safe Parking Program planned to open on Friday, December 1st at 2616 First Avenue in Marina has been delayed.  This delay will allow for more time to continue discussions with the surrounding community and work through contracting issues with the service provider.  While implementation of the program is delayed, the ordinance prohibiting overnight parking on Lapis Road does not go into effect.

Social Services Director Elliott Robinson states, “Implementation of The Safe Parking Program is a priority for the Board of Supervisors, however it is important to make sure all the elements of the contract with the service provider are in place.  Additionally, the County is very sensitive to the concerns of the surrounding community and wishes to continue dialogue to give concerned parties an opportunity to identify other locations they may find more suitable.”

The Safe Parking Program is designed give people experiencing homelessness who sleep in their vehicles a safe place to sleep through the night from 7 p.m. in the evening to 7 a.m. in the morning.  The program design includes case management to support people participating in the program identify more stable housing, restroom facilities and security patrols.  The location at 2616 First Avenue in Marina can serve approximately 15 vehicles.  Individuals and families who are homeless and sleeping in their vehicles should contact Glorietta Rowland at 831-755-4484 to be kept informed of when the program will start.

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