A community of families with children, students, and seniors who cannot afford the Bay Area’s high rents are living in RVs near Lake Merced. This community is facing the threat of 4-hour parking restrictions, which will require them to leave work or school to regularly move their vehicles or face ticketing and towing. Implementing the new parking restrictions without anywhere else to go will push families deeper into instability and homelessness.
As part of this organizing effort, GLIDE arranged a press conference on October 24th,2023 alongside the families who live in their RVs, as well as other community organizations. RV residents and supporting community members and organizations shared powerfully about the need for a safe parking site and permanent affordable housing.
ABC7 News coverage of families living in RVs along San Francisco’s Winston Drive
Unfortunately, the SFMTA Board of Directors did approve the 4-hour parking restrictions in September, and they are scheduled to take effect on December 19. GLIDE has been organizing with the families to elevate their stories and raise public awareness.
So many of the families living in their RVs are struggling to make ends meet as they work low-paying jobs. There are also students and seniors living in RVs who cannot afford rent anywhere else.
At GLIDE, we firmly believe in our collective responsibility and capacity to open pathways to stability, rather than place barriers and increased hardships for families and students working to make a life in San Francisco. If you would like to support our efforts, you can quickly send an email to City leadership.