EAGLE ROCK — There are many RVs and campers that seemed perpetually parked around the Eagle Rock Recreation Center. When one resident asked police last year what could be done to get them to move, officers said their hands were tied when it came to people living in their vehicles. But those RVs may eventually have to find a new home – at least during evening hours. Councilman Jose Huizar has proposed preventing big vehicles like RVs from parking overnight around the Eagle Rock Recreation Center and Garvanza Park in nearby Garvanza.
“We have received a lot of complaints, many from people who are sympathetic with the homeless individual’s plight, but who also are concerned about public health and safety,” according to a statement issued by Huizar’s office. “We are actively working with our homeless advocates who have already reached out to these individuals and will continue to do so before any rules go into effect to ensure that those in their cars/RVs are informed and have the chance to get linked to services.”
But similar over-night parking restrictions have been used in areas where large number of homeless living in motor homes and even small buses have been parking for long periods on city streets, drawing complaints from nearby residents. Last year, over-sized vehicles were prohibited from parking overnight along Figueroa Street near Sycamore Grove Park.
If approved by the City Council, Huizar’s motion would prohibit vehicles that are longer than 22 feet or taller than 84 inches from parking between 2 am and 6 am on both sides of these streets:
- Eagle Vista Drive between Lunsford Drive and North Figueroa Street
- North Figueroa Street between Colorado Blvd and Scholl Canyon Road
- Meridian Street between North Figueroa Street and North Avenue 64
- North Avenue 63 between York Boulevard and Meridian Street
“No Parking” and “Tow-Away” signs would be posted in the area.
Part of the City Council’s $10 million allocation for “Rapid Re-Housing” are available to support homeless individuals living in vehicles who require “less extensive support to regain stable housing,” according to Huizar’s office.
Update: The City Council approved the amended motion on April 6.
Update: This post now includes comments from Huizar’s office.
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