Recreational vehicles parked in a campground

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East Palo Alto To Sanction Homeless RV Park

Matt Bigler
July 18, 2018 - 10:32 am

EAST PALO ALTO (KCBS Radio) — Many Bay Area cities are struggling to deal with the growing number of homeless people parking their RVs on city streets, but East Palo Alto has taken a different approach. 

On Tuesday night, the city council voted unanimously to turn a city property into a sanctioned parking lot for the homeless.

Pastor Paul Bains of 'Project: We Hope' says up to 20 vehicles will be allowed to park after they've been inspected. The city will also provide trash pick-ups, portable showers and even laundry machines.  Mattie Flores, a retired housekeeper who's been living in her car for a year and a half tells KPIX 5, the parking lot will be a small improvement in an otherwise tough existence.

But some nearby neighbors like Lee Clemons are worried the 1-year pilot project will degrade their property values. "I don't want people to make this a junkyard," Clemons said. 

The city expects the homeless parking lot, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, will be RV-ready by November.