January 2021

City of Sacramento opens ‘safe parking’ at City Hall Garage to help support people living in vehicles and Warming Center at Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

The City of Sacramento is making “safe parking” available at the City Hall Garage (1000 I St.), offering people a secure place to park, rest and sleep in their vehicles overnight.

The safe parking will be available from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. nightly for the foreseeable future. To access the garage, attendees should use the entrance on 10th Street between the I and J streets.

Attendees must be in vehicles that are beneath the garage’s height limit of 6 feet, 10 inches. For vehicles that exceed the height limit, the City has secured overnight parking spots on 11th Street. Both the garage and adjacent streets will be monitored by on-site security guards.

“A protected space is a critical piece of safe parking, both for people as well as their vehicles,” said Daniel Bowers, the City’s director of emergency management. “This program ideally will help people feel more secure so they can get a restful night of sleep.”

The new safe parking program is part of the City’s comprehensive plan to support unsheltered residents during winter months.

The Sacramento City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously in an emergency meeting to open the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I St.) as a warming center, open the Southside Park pool house as needed and open City garages as safe parking for people living in vehicles. The City also is working with community-based and faith-based organizations to develop additional sheltering options across the city and enhancing its motel voucher program.

Similar to the City Hall Garage, the Library Galleria warming center operates 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. nightly. To access the warming center, attendees should use the Galleria patio entrance located on 9th Street between I and J streets. Snacks and warm beverages will be provided.

In accordance with State and County public health orders, all attendees at the warming center are required to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others against the spread of COVID-19 (unless they are sleeping). If an individual does not have a mask, one will be provided for them. Resting spaces will be properly distanced from one another and separated by partitions.

Wednesday’s emergency vote followed an announcement by Mayor Darrell Steinberg that he would seek City Council approval to use $40 million of the City’s mid-year budget surplus to jump start a fund to build affordable housing – a key part of the solution to homelessness long term. That proposal will go before Council for a vote on Tuesday.