College - Author 1
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Department - Author 1
City and Regional Planning Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in City and Regional Planning
Keith Woodcock, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning Department
This report has been created with the intention of identifying a new Safe Parking location in the City of San Luis Obispo (SLO) for the Rotating Safe Parking Program. SLO currently has two Safe Parking locations, though one is being discontinued due to inadequacy of the site. The City wishes to identify a new location, or locations, that can replace this. This report came to life after coordination with the City to determine how this senior project could best support the City’s efforts to address homelessness in SLO in 2023. My work began when I identified areas in the Homelessness Response Strategic Plan (HRSP) that required further data collection. With this in mind, I approached the City of SLO’s Housing Coordinator Kyle Bell, asking about opportunities to work with the city to fill in these gaps. I brought forth my desire to see non-permanent affordable housing units placed on underutilized lots for those experiencing homelessness. This led to a more formal meeting with both Bell and Homelessness Response Manager Daisy Wiberg, where I reiterated these points and expressed openness to help in other avenues. After the conclusion of that meeting, it was determined that the most effective way I could address my goals within the City’s agenda was to identify potential sites within the city for the Rotating Safe Parking Program.