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Vehicle Habitation Ordinance San Diego

The San Diego City Council considered an ordinance Tuesday, May 14, 2019, that would place a limited ban on residents sleeping overnight or living in

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Vehicles at Fiesta Island / Photo by Tristan Loper

Dreams for Change’s CEO: Safe Parking Lots Balance Need With Residents’ Concerns

Understanding the vast nature of the problem is only the beginning. Each community is impacted differently. Determining who is truly homeless, who’s enjoying the “van

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Dreams for Change Helps Address San Diego’s High Housing Costs

National Geographic takes a deeper dive into San Diego’s Safe Parking Program founded by Dr. Teresa Smith, CEO of Dreams for Change. This video draws attention to the

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Lola Cheatham holds daughter Winry while Darrick Alexander holds older daughter Maybel in the Nissan minivan they lived in at a “safe lot” in San Diego’s Golden Hill neighborhood. In December 2018 the family found an apartment that they could afford. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN GASTALDO

National Geographic Features Dreams for Change Safe Parking Program

It’s a day like any other in San Diego, built from blue skies, 74 degrees, palm trees, school buses, traffic congestion, Taco Bell, and Hobby

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Free Places to Park and Sleep in San Diego County

Homelessness is prevalent in San Diego County, where people sleep in places that are uninhabitable, on the streets, or even in their cars. Dreams for

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