Safe Parking Program

Safe-Parking-IconAbout the Program

Safe Parking program is a six month pilot program in partnership with Salvation Army to provide a location for safe overnight parking to people living in their vehicle. This program will offer a temporary, overnight, safe location to park for individuals and families living in a vehicle, while providing access to services that will transition them into more stable housing. The City is continuing to explore partnerships with Stanislaus County and private partners to help support the sustainability of the program after six months.


Proposed location will be in the Salvation Army parking lot on the corner of 9th and B streets in Modesto.  Up to 25 vehicles would be accommodated between the hours of 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM the following morning. No entry nor exit will be permitted after 9:00 PM.   


To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Possess a working vehicle (No RV’s or trailers allowed)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license 
  • Possess current registration
  • Provide proof of current vehicle insurance 
  • Background check for all program participants 
  • Agree to Program Rules
  • Engage with case management services

Program Rules

Offering stability and data on existing programs, and consistent place to sleep makes complying with program rules important. These rules are designed to to establish a safe parking location for those experiencing homelessness and living in their vehicles.  

The rules for program participation will be:

  • No visitors
  • No food service of any kind onsite
  • No open flames of any kind (heaters, barbeque grills, etc)
  • No generators, but solar and battery power is allowed
  • No car maintenance or repair
  • No outdoor storage, temporary shelters (tents, tarps, etc)