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Santa Clara County opens new safe parking site in Mountain View

Terra Bella Avenue lot is county's third site for people living in vehicles

RVs parked in a lot open to inhabited vehicles for 24 hours a day in the Shoreline Amphitheatre parking lot along Crittenden Lane in Mountain View on April 10, 2020. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

A third safe parking site in Santa Clara County opened in Mountain View, to provide a space where vehicle dwellers can stay safely, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announced Friday.

The new site provides a 24-hour parking space for up to eight oversized vehicles like recreational vehicles and one passenger vehicle.

"We're making progress, but it's never enough or fast enough -- we need to maintain a real sense of urgency," said Simitian on Sept. 18.

The number of Santa Clara County residents living in cars and RVs has increased in the last five years. In the latest Santa Clara County Homeless Census, 18% of unhoused county residents were living in vehicles. In 2015 and 2017, it was nearly 8%.

In March, Simitian announced a targeted effort to increase safe parking sites in Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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The new site at 1020 Terra Bella Ave. follows two other sites in Mountain View, one on Shoreline and the other on Evelyn Street.

"Mountain View continues to lead the region in helping vulnerable populations," said City of Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga. "This allows us to add even more spaces for local people living in vehicles to access services and assistance that will transition families in need to stable housing."

The site was formerly an unfinished and unused residential space that was transformed through a partnership between the county, city of Mountain View and Alta Housing - a nonprofit aimed to provide affordable housing in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

"We're proud to partner with the City of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, and MOVE Mountain View to provide a safe lot where households living in cars and RVs can find stability while transitioning to permanent housing, especially during this pandemic," said Randy Tsuda, President and CEO of Alta Housing.

All three sites are operated by MOVE Mountain View, local nonprofit that aims to alleviate homelessness.

Residents interesting in the program and any of the three sites can register through the Community Services Agency at https://www.csacares.org or by calling (650) 968-0836.

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Santa Clara County opens new safe parking site in Mountain View

Terra Bella Avenue lot is county's third site for people living in vehicles

Uploaded: Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 1:37 pm

A third safe parking site in Santa Clara County opened in Mountain View, to provide a space where vehicle dwellers can stay safely, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announced Friday.

The new site provides a 24-hour parking space for up to eight oversized vehicles like recreational vehicles and one passenger vehicle.

"We're making progress, but it's never enough or fast enough -- we need to maintain a real sense of urgency," said Simitian on Sept. 18.

The number of Santa Clara County residents living in cars and RVs has increased in the last five years. In the latest Santa Clara County Homeless Census, 18% of unhoused county residents were living in vehicles. In 2015 and 2017, it was nearly 8%.

In March, Simitian announced a targeted effort to increase safe parking sites in Mountain View and Palo Alto.

The new site at 1020 Terra Bella Ave. follows two other sites in Mountain View, one on Shoreline and the other on Evelyn Street.

"Mountain View continues to lead the region in helping vulnerable populations," said City of Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga. "This allows us to add even more spaces for local people living in vehicles to access services and assistance that will transition families in need to stable housing."

The site was formerly an unfinished and unused residential space that was transformed through a partnership between the county, city of Mountain View and Alta Housing - a nonprofit aimed to provide affordable housing in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

"We're proud to partner with the City of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, and MOVE Mountain View to provide a safe lot where households living in cars and RVs can find stability while transitioning to permanent housing, especially during this pandemic," said Randy Tsuda, President and CEO of Alta Housing.

All three sites are operated by MOVE Mountain View, local nonprofit that aims to alleviate homelessness.

Residents interesting in the program and any of the three sites can register through the Community Services Agency at https://www.csacares.org or by calling (650) 968-0836.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

MV neighbor
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Old Mountain View
on Sep 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm
MV neighbor, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on Sep 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm
5 people like this

It would be interesting to have a deeper understanding of what is going on here. This project was approved a long long time ago, and I recall that there was a huge amount of money going into preparing the site for..8 vehicles. The Shoreline and Evelyn sites went up very fast, in contrast, and hold way more vehicles. Love to know more about why such a difference and hope there are lessons learned on how to serve more people in a shorter period of time. True that one was conceived pre-covid and the other two post-covid which may be how the red tape is reduced to get projects up and running.


Jack Cormode
Registered user
Waverly Park
on Sep 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm
Jack Cormode, Waverly Park
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm
1 person likes this

Based on a census of homeless and those who need safe parking, those in need should be apportioned to the County and each city according to its population size. Mountain View should not have to have more than its fair share of those in need. If this were done, watch how fast the rich cities move to establish suitable housing (elsewhere, of course) for all those in need.


Frank Richards
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Cuesta Park
on Sep 24, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Frank Richards, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2020 at 5:55 pm
8 people like this

Jack, I don't know if you've been asleep for the last twenty years, but Mountain View IS a rich city without suitable housing. And you fulfilled your prediction by suggesting that people build homes elsewhere...


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