Safe Parking Program

Every night, JFS operates a Safe Parking Program for unsheltered San Diegans living out of their vehicles, many of whom are experiencing homelessness for the first time. As these individuals and families work to lift themselves up out of a difficult situation, many are making a nightly choice between buying food or purchasing gas to get to work and school. Creating further barriers to stability are the isolation and lack of social support that so often accompany homelessness.

The Safe Parking Program provides a welcoming environment, meaningful resources and tools, and dignified support to help families stabilize and transition back into permanent housing. With holistic services focused on basic needs assistance, employment, family wellness, school success, financial education, credit repair, and housing, our goal is to create a pathway out of homelessness while being a support to people where they are now.

The program operates seven nights per week at two secured lots on Balboa Avenue and Aero Drive.

April 16, 2019: We’re proud to announce we will soon be opening a third lot in Mission Valley! This will be our first lot that can accommodate RVs. Like the other two parking sites, this lot will include access to case managers, housing specialists, and more. For more information, please read the press release from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Read the Press Release >>

Take the Next Step

Call (858) 637-3373 to enroll


Our Case Management team is committed to addressing the comprehensive needs of individuals and families facing homelessness. Our supportive services include food assistance, employment development, emergency support, benefits access, and asset building. Clients can also meet with Housing Specialists to develop an action plan with an emphasis on finding permanent housing solutions.


Our Family and Children’s Hub supports families on our JFS campus. The Hub provides a stable, youth-friendly space to support children’s academic and social development through books, one-on-one tutoring, wellness activities, creative projects, and more. While trained and caring staff and volunteers focus on the individual needs of each child, parents are free to work with case managers on their housing plans and other pressing needs.


If you are interested in volunteering, we invite you, along with your community group, friends, or colleagues to host and serve dinner for the Safe Parking Program Participants. Get started at

Dinner Host FAQS – Safe Parking Program at Aero Lot →

Dinner Host FAQS – Safe Parking Program at Balboa Lot →

Be a Voice

We depend on a compassionate and committed team of volunteers to serve the needs and protect the rights of more than 6,000 San Diegans annually.

Meet the Advocates &
How to Contact

Our Advocates work throughout the county to ensure patients are being treated with respect and their rights are being observed.

Moving forward looks different to everyone.

We’re committed to providing individually tailored services to help individuals and families overcome diverse challenges and build momentum around their unique aspirations.


Generously funded by the City of San Diego & Community Donors.