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San Diego RV owners desperate for safe place to park overnight

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 20:02:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diegans living in recreational vehicles will soon have an opportunity to find refuge in the city's newest safe parking lot, an expansion of the City's Safe Parking Program

The City-funded lot will be in Mission Valley, operated by Jewish Family Service.

Right now, there are four safe parking lots, but only one allows RVs.

"No one told me life was going to be easy, ok? I understand that I get that concept, but can we get a break once in a while? Just a little break, that's how I looked at this. This was my break," said Jeff Tracy.

Tracy is referring to the safe parking lot on Imperial Avenue which accommodates RVs; it's operated by Dreams for Change.

"Because you can't function and take care of your basic needs if you're worried about your basic needs."

Tracy's life forever changed seven years ago when a drunk driver crashed into the vehicle he was in with his wife and daughter.

Tracy was the only one who survived, and he lost one of his legs. He's been struggling ever since.

"It's a very learning process being homeless, and I don't like it, and I know most people don't, it's a hard life."

Some RV owners like Tracy worry they'll have to move their RV during the day if they're moved to the new parking lot. He not only has to get his wheelchair in and out of the RV but says the cost of gas would be astronomical.

"Expensive, hard, it's stressful, because now I've got to move it and where am I going to move it to? I've got to pull over here to some resident again, and they're going to get upset, I don't want to upset people," said Tracy.

Tracy says the Safe Parking Program has given him a place to feel safe while he tries to plan for a better future.

The new parking lot is set to open next month.