Restoring Dignity in the Vehicular Homeless
Sleepy Herd, Inc. is a community outreach organization that works with federal and local governments to give those experiencing vehicular homelessness a safe place to park and sleep at night.
In addition, we aid law enforcement tasked with dealing with vehicular homelessness by providing them with designated locations where they can direct those living in their vehicles.
Our organization was founded on the belief that everyone deserves the right to a quality night's sleep that will allow them to be productive, contributing members of society.
Sleepy Herd's mission is to create radiant, beautiful, high-quality, and safe overnight parking for those who are facing vehicular homelessness.
People who are temporarily living in their vehicles are allowed to enter the parking lot each evening after 5pm.
Each morning the lot must be completely empty by 9am as we are not cultivating a tent city on wheels.
Amenities would include portable toilets so they can do something as basic as use the restroom in the middle of the night.
Washers and dryers will also be available as well as smart commercial lighting that dims as the evening gets later, aiding restful sleep.
There will be one point of entry in through a raised guard gate and one point of exit past the same exit.
The parking lot would be completely fenced in
preventing others from wandering onto the premises.
There will be large projections screens that show various slides and visuals of art, landscapes, inspiring quotes, PSAs (Public Service Announcements), short animations, and basic words in various languages as passive teaching.
Law enforcement would patrol the lot in golf carts every 30-45 minutes giving the people there the kind of peace of mind that makes them feel safe.
Local Governments' Role
The local governments we are in talks with agree they can designate the depressed, economically stressed area in their own town where the parking lots could be
located and zoned.
The cost of 1 high quality parking lot would be $5.6 million, or 1/101 of 1% of the US HUD's $56.54 billion budget for the 2020 Fiscal Year.