Encinitas City Council votes in favor of controversial parking lot for homeless
ENCINITAS (KUSI) – City Council members voted Wednesday to approve a controversial plan to open an overnight parking lot for homeless people to spend the night in their cars.
The Safe Parking Program passed with a 4 to 1 vote. More than 150 members of the community were signed up to speak before the City Council. But hundreds packed City Hall and all of the overflow rooms to be there for the meeting.
The Safe Parking Program will allow Jewish Family Service (JFS), the group behind the proposal, to use the Leichtag Commons property at 441 Saxony Road near the YMCA to house homeless people in their vehicles from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day of the week.
This issue is highly divisive with half of the community strongly against the program and another half very much in support of it.
Those opposed said they are upset with how the city has handled the situation. Some residents said they want more input, and are concerned about the site bringing more homeless into their neighborhood. While those who support the program believe it is a preventative approach to combating the homeless crisis.