Why isn’t the City enforcing laws about vehicles/RVs parked on City streets for more than 72 hours?

If the RV/vehicle is occupied, then the City must comply with the terms of the Preliminary Injunction (outlined in question 6). Vehicles in the public right-of-way with expired registration or that are non-operable may be towed subject to staffing resources and the capacity of the City’s towing vendor. A recent survey estimates approximately 300 RVs/vehicles are currently occupied in Santa Rosa. In response, the City implemented a Safe Parking Pilot Program in March 2022 which provides up to 50 parking spaces for individuals living in their vehicles. While this does not meet the estimated need, it is a first step for the City in trying to address vehicle encampments, provide individuals a safe place to stabilize while seeking more permanent solutions, and to mitigate impacts to the broader community.  

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1. What is the City doing to address the growing homeless problem in our community?
2. If the City is investing more to address homelessness, why are we seeing more homeless people in our community?
3. Where can people go rather than living on the streets?
4. What is being done about encampments on public property?
5. What can be done about encampments on private property?
6. What are the legal constraints to the City’s ability to address encampments?
7. Why isn’t the City enforcing laws about vehicles/RVs parked on City streets for more than 72 hours?
8. Why does the City move people from one encampment location to the next?
9. What is being done about illegal activity?
10. Is it helpful for me to give assistance directly to someone who is homeless, such as food, clothing, or money?
11. How can I help?