Encinitas officials hold forum for controversial parking program proposal

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tensions were high at a community forum in Encinitas as residents shared their views on a proposed safe parking program for the homeless.

The program would give 25 people living in cars a safe place to sleep. It would be funded through a state grant and operated by the Jewish Family Services.

But many are raising questions about the location as well as the City Council’s handling of the proposal.

According to Jewish Family Services, people must be vetted before being allowed to stay. Drugs and alcohol will not be allowed and security will enforced during operating hours.

Some residents are also questioning the implementation of these rules.

Tonight’s standing room only forum was hosted by the city in response to an earlier forum organized by outraged residents.

A vote on the final program plan will happen next week.

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