Safe Parking Program

A Safe Environment

Dreams for Change understands that an individual’s vehicle is often their last and most important asset. A vehicle allows people to access resources, look for employment (or get to and from a job) and/or get to and from school.

The loss of a vehicle is seen as one of the final steps to chronic homelessness. We focus on stopping the downward spiral of homelessness by bringing stability to families and individuals who are living in their vehicles.

We recognize that one of the biggest challenges facing people who live in their vehicles is finding a dependable and safe place to park at night. The city of San Diego and surrounding communities have strict laws regulating overnight parking on city streets which limits the available options.

The Safe Parking Program operated by Dreams for Change provides just that — a safe parking environment as well as supportive services for transitional homeless people who are living in their vehicles.

Our family advocates construct an action plan with each participant that places an emphasis on permanent housing solutions, employment, training, emergency support, asset stabilization and asset building. The intervention model we use draws upon work developed by the Center for Working Families®

Dreams for Change operates two parking sites throughout the county serving 70 families and individuals each evening.

Households Served

2650 people served since 2010, including 350 individuals and families served per year.

Families with Children





People Served

65% of all participants obtain housing or move to long-term transitional programs.
African American
American Indian
Other Populations

Program Locations

Please call (619) 497-0236 before arriving at a location. The Safe Parking Program operates 7 nights a week, 365 days a year starting at 6:00 pm. Program volunteers and staff are always on site. Dreams for Change operates two sites throughout the county serving 70 families and individuals each evening.

San Diego Lot

766 28th St. San Diego, 92102

Balboa Avenue Lot

Jewish Family Services 8804 Balboa Ave. San Diego 92123