Cars to Housing Program to Launch: Family-Oriented Safe Overnight Parking

Bonnie Johnson - Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Cars to Housing Program to Launch: Family-Oriented Safe Overnight Parking

Everett Faith in Action and Interfaith Community Shelter are partnering in order to launch a new, 90-day transitional program for families experiencing homeless in SnoCo, called Cars to Housing.

With the rise of homelessness occurring within Snohomish County, up 58% since 2018 according to their numbers, and emergency shelters at capacity or even above, more and more families are opting to live out of their vehicles. Many have tapped into the familial or community resources that they can, and have reached this option as a last resort, while waiting for resources to open up.

While there are some resources, there is still most certainly a gap that needs to be addressed; this is one that allows for families who are experiencing housing instability to secure housing in a structured and supported manner.

The City of Everett has awarded their collaborative with $25k in order to launch the pilot program, which is based off of others with similar models, resulting in a evidenced-based model that shows these efforts help.

How does it work? Will it make my community less safe?

Based upon other safe parking lot models, evidence points to higher safety in neighborhoods; families are invested in their safety and that of their children, and have a much higher likelihood of reporting unsafe activities, like drug use or fires. Creating a safe space is a communal effort within the lots.

Furthermore, giving families somewhere safe to sleep, Interfatih Community points out, means less parking street in random areas or neighborhoods, which is noted to impact property values, goes away or is reduced by the program.

How will the safety of these lots be enforced?

Local law enforcement has already been contacted regarding developing best practices and are abreast of the goings-on.

It also means that some of the personal nature of living in a vehicle, like finding sufficient toilets to use where you’re welcome to, is also obviated. The sites which allow for safe parking will also have portapotties available for said families.

Learn more about it, and how it may help you or someone you know here.

The EP has reached out to Interfaith for comment, and is awaiting response. Check back for updates.


Everett Police Department Marysville Fire Department Marvel USO Interview Lake Stevens Olympics Pioneer Place Rotary of Port Pardner Jet City rodeo Bethany community auction Gym racing Dagmar's Marina fire Startup Ferndale Marysville Pilchuck Flying Heritage Navy Grand Opening Bayside Bikes Lowell Everett Naval Base Mayor Cassie Franklin Nascar Silver Lake, Washington Funko Darrington La Conner Beer and wine Kla Ha Ya Days Everett News Everett High School Stanwood WW2 Students Compass Health Building Communities of Hope Monte Cristo Boeing Sky Valley Skagit County News soccer Cassie Franklin KRKO Ana Perdomo Legion Park Leonard J. Martin Everett Metro Plan Marysville Monroe Granite Falls Everett Jets FC JJ Harrison Rucker band Weather Everett Fire Department DC History Lineup biking Ellensburg rodeo country music Lakewood Washington State University USS Sampson USS Ralph Johnson ronald mcdonald house Popcorn in the Park Harry Potter Everett Library Smoke alarms Health Coastal Community Bank IPO Kayla Lemmon WSDOT Legion Bluff Carl Gibson Senior Center Batman Broadway Casino Road Initiative Maury Eskenazi Highway 2 Trestle Nathan Senff Paine Field Aviation Day Team USA Edmonds Mount Vernon Elders Memorial Day Everett PD Recruitment Rotary of Port Gardner Tim Hunter Marysville Getchell Paws With Cause Cascade Bicycle Club skagit Paine Field Boating Season Snohomish County News ChildStrive Legion Everett Everett Transit Gabe Maggio Arlington Boating Everett Community College Habitat for Humanity DUI Show Glacier Peak Snohomish Arts Rotary of Arlington Tankfest polygraph Jacob Hilkin wildlife Snohomish County PUD Lynnwood Archery Jim Creek Girls on the Run Snohomish Everett Historic Theatre