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Expensive cities letting people sleep in cars

Friday, September 07, 2012
The safe parking program allows drivers to legally live out of their cars at several parking lots.

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A little known program born in Santa Barbara is highlighting a growing problem in wealthy enclaves of California -- people who have full-time jobs but cannot afford a place to live.

The safe parking program allows drivers to legally live out of their cars at several parking lots.

Homeless advocates got the City Council to adopt the program in back in 2002 and today, lots have been filling up on a daily basis.

Now, many of them include people who have full-time work but cannot cover housing costs in the expensive town.

Other coastal communities with high costs of living have modeled their own safe parking programs after Santa Barbara's.

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