San Diego did what Seattle didn’t: give people a safe place to sleep in cars

Richard Stanich; his wife, Ester Cruz; and their son settle in for the night next to their two vehicles at San Diego’s safe-lot program, run by the nonprofit Dreams for Change. Despite both having jobs, the couple has struggled to find affordable housing in Southern California. At the lot, the family lived out of two vehicles. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)
Richard Stanich; his wife, Ester Cruz; and their son settle in for the night next to their two vehicles at San Diego's safe-lot program, run by the nonprofit Dreams for Change. Despite both having jobs, the couple has struggled to find affordable housing in Southern California. At the lot, the family lived out of two vehicles. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Seattle has struggled to get thousands of people living in their vehicles into housing. How have programs in San Diego and Santa Barbara managed to be more successful, and cost effective?

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