Safe-parking site opens in Mountain View

A third 24-hour site for the housing vulnerable to park for an extended period is now open in Mountain View.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announced the site late Friday.

“We’re making progress, but it’s never enough or fast enough – we need to maintain a real sense of urgency,” Simitian said.

The Terra Bella site has space for eight oversized vehicles – RVs, for example – and one passenger vehicle.

The new site, located at 1020 Terra Bella Ave., joins other Mountain View sites on Shoreline and on Evelyn. MOVE Mountain View operates all three sites.

“Mountain View continues to lead the region in helping vulnerable populations,” said Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga.

According to Simitian’s office, the number of county residents living in RVs increased 8% between 2015 and 2017.

Alta Housing, formerly known as Palo Alto Housing, joined the city to renovate the space.

“We’re proud to partner with the City of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, and MOVE Mountain View to provide a safe lot where households living in cars and RVs can find stability while transitioning to permanent housing,” said Randy Tsuda, President and CEO of Alta Housing.