Living in Vehicles and Homeless Information

The City proactively continues taking actions to address the challenging rise in homelessness and unstably housed individuals over the past four years. The City refers to this as the City’s “three-pronged strategy,” with most of the services becoming operational in the last three years. Elements of the three-pronged approach include funding basic hygiene services, outreach to assess needs and link people to comprehensive health and social services, and assistance to find housing. The City has also partnered with the County of Santa Clara and community-based organizations to develop short-term housing solutions including establishing a safe parking program.

The City is a committed and recognized leader in addressing the regional problem of insufficient housing supply, looking at all options, and taking meaningful actions by leading in areas such as:

  • August 4, 2021 Memorandum on City Initiatives to Assist Homeless and Unstably Housed Residents
  • Adopted an extension of the shelter crisis to provide flexible and streamlined options for safe parking permits
  • Supported the startup of a local non-profit to provide safe parking services
  • Worked to secure five active safe parking lots for Mountain View participants Mountain View – resulting in the City having the largest safe parking capacity in the County
  • Funded and completed the significant site preparations for three of these lots including providing water service
  • Created an innovative safe parking ordinance to ensure the public’s safety link to Muni-Code
  • Established a streamlined safe parking lot permit/approval process during a shelter crisis
  • Expanded land use options for sheltering (link to Muni-Code and link)
  • Updating our longer-term strategies to address needs (Link to the adopted Consolidate Plan)
  • Implemented domestic sewage prohibitions and Class II Bike Lane safety restrictions (link to Muni-Code)
  • Led the development longer-term state legislative solutions to promote safe parking for all cities in conjunction with Assemblymember Berman and Ting’s Offices (Link to AB 2553)
  • Supported the Human Relations Committee (HRC) Subcommittee Safe Parking Outreach, and the effort to secure additional safe parking lots for Mountain View participants
  • Updated the homeless needs assessment and goals for responding to homelessness for the 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan in support of Community Development Department
  • Served on committees for the County Community Plan to End Homelessness