Can one sleep/live in a parked vehicle in Los Angeles? Answer: Yes and No.
Question is in reference to Los Angeles Municipal Code 85.02 that used to prohibit people from sleeping/living in their vehicles but was ruled unconstitutional by the court and thus unenforceable.
Councilman Mike Bonin has been plagued by this code from those who want to sleep/live in vehicles and residents who do not want them in front of their homes, their schools. He has come up with what he hopes to be an equitable solution satisfying both the homeless and the residents.
Industrial and Commercial Areas Allowed
Last week the City Council voted 10 to 1 to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance that would allow people who live/sleep in their vehicles to park in areas zoned industrial or commercial. And they would be prohibited from living/sleeping in vehicles parked near homes and schools.
4000 living in vehicles
The designation of areas where it is permissible has allowed the City Council to prohibit living/sleeping in vehicles in residential areas and around schools. City estimates there are 4000 people living in their vehicles.
After the ordinance is drafted, the ordinance will be voted on by the Councilmembers.
Safe Parking Forthcoming
The revised 85.02 will be the forerunner to the Department of City Planning’s and the City Attorney Office’s joint plan to create a structure of “Safe Parking” places in Los Angeles similar to program in Santa Barbara.
This program would allow people to live and sleep in their vehicles in parking areas such as designated for churches, government, and miscellaneous businesses provided vehicle owners enroll in social service programs that would enable them to get off the streets.