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SAN JOSE REWORKS SAFE PARKING SITE FOR UNHOUSED PEOPLE LIVING IN RVS




The city of San Jose recently announced a breakthrough in overcoming a significant obstacle to its plan for a safe parking lot to support unhoused individuals living in RVs. Initially faced with delays and escalating costs, the city has successfully redesigned the project, significantly reducing its budget while maintaining essential services. Last June, San Jose secured a 10-year lease on a 6-acre lot to establish its largest safe parking lot for over 80 RVs used by the unhoused population. However, mounting expenses related to building infrastructure and providing utilities and services threatened the feasibility of the project.

Mayor Matt Mahan emphasized the importance of addressing cost concerns and admitted that the initial projected cost of $15 million for the safe parking site was unsustainable. In response, city leaders unveiled a revised plan that slashes project costs by approximately $7-8 million. While the redesign involves reducing the number of buildings from four to two, essential programs and services will remain intact, ensuring continued support for unhoused individuals.

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