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San Jose wants to create safe parking areas for homeless living in cars

SAN JOSE (KRON) - It's not unusual to find RVs parked on the side of the road in San Jose.

Now the City of San Jose thinks it's getting out of hand and wants to do something about it.

A new proposed ordinance will create safe parking areas at churches and service organizations where people can park and sleep overnight. 

That's not all, the nearby businesses will also provide the homeless with restrooms, water, and trash disposal. 

"The goal is to take vulnerable people who are in need," according to Ragan Henninger, deputy director of San Jose's housing department. "Whether it's a family sleeping in their vehicle or an adult in an RV to bring them into a safe place." 

The city says businesses will take on the expense and provided a safe place for people to park between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. 

Business owners who are interested in allowing people to park in their lots can register with the city. 

The idea is to take RVs off residential streets and into designated areas and provide services to the thousands of homeless in need in San Jose. 

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