Rights-of-Way Safety Initiative

During the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Inslee submitted a proposal to the Legislature to deliver housing and services to individuals and families living in certain state-owned rights of way. The Legislature modified this proposal before being passed within the 2022 supplemental operating budget (page 106, Section 132).

Key points summarizing current site activities and outcomes include (as of 6/30/2024):

  • There are a total of 46 sites
    • 2 sites are active
    • 44 sites are closed
  • 1,169 people have accepted housing
    • 969 are in emergency/transitional housing
    • 200 are in permanent housing
  • 74% of people who accepted shelter or housing have remained stable and indoors¬†

Memoranda of Understanding

The Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol, through Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with cities, counties, and/or non-profits, has been tasked with establishing the targeted grant program to transition persons residing on state-owned rights of way to safer housing opportunities, with an emphasis on permanent housing solutions.

Under the 2022 supplemental operating budget, Commerce must post these MOUs to our website and provide updated MOUs on a 60-day cycle.

Funding Allocated by County and Fund Source

Note: Snohomish County decided not to submit a proposal, so Commerce reallocated the funds to other counties.

CountyROW ProvisoRapid CapitalHome SecurityTOTAL
King$16,620,344$19,000,000$13,594,206$49,214,550
Spokane$8,607,817$6,500,000$10,322,000$25,429,817
Pierce$9,715,588$19,668,070$5,517,007$34,900,665
Thurston$5,803,333$14,831,930$7,168,070$27,803,333
Snohomish$4,000,000 Reallocated*$1,945,894$5,945,894
Total$44,747,082$60,000,000$38,547,177$143,294,259

Site Activity and Outcomes

The data provided in this chart is based on activity as of June 30, 2024.
*Updates below does not include Spokane
*Pierce County sites are not updated
*These sites may include funding and housing from other partners due to the right of way being multi-jurisdictional.

SiteCounty# of Residents as of by-name deadlineAccepted HousingTemp / ShelterPermanent Supportive HousingStill in Housing
520KingClosed10101006
Olive WayKingClosed55504
DearbornKingClosed645452240
NorthgateKingClosed272624214
EastlakeKingClosed77704
South Park*KingClosed333030021
PasadenaKingClosed14141408
CID*KingClosed167151599297
Airport Way/SnoqualmieKingClosed141210210
Myers WayKingClosed362927223
I-5 U DistrictKingClosed302929025
Fred HutchKingClosed14101008
CloverdaleKingClosed1411387
6th & CherryKingClosed1111837
Allison/EastlakeKingClosed99455
Dearborn OfframpKingClosed11101
McDougall Ave.SnohomishClosed99099
112thSnohomishClosed33033
Smokey Point Rest AreaSnohomishActive1906060064
Silver Lake TrailSnohomishClosed161621414
Everett Ave I-5 OverpassSnohomishClosed00000
19th Ave WincoSnohomishClosed44044
SR 104 & SR 99SnohomishClosed11011
164th S. on ramp I-5SnohomishClosed22022
Swamp CreekSnohomishClosed252552020
I-5/ SR 526 Scale HouseSnohomishClosed66600
128th & I-5SnohomishClosed22200
164th OverpassSnohomishClosed13131300
44th & I-5SnohomishClosed44400
204th & I-5SnohomishClosed11100
LillyThurstonClosed31100
PacificThurstonClosed166601
City CenterThurstonClosed363030025
Wheeler Ave.ThurstonClosed544747039
Sleater KinneyThurstonClosed1521351350128
NickersonThurstonClosed272424024
Sherwood/ DESThurstonClosed171515015
Percival/ DecaturThurstonActiveTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
Camp HopeSpokaneClosed46718415727154
84th & HosmerPierceClosed784646013
Bay StreetPierceClosed46353239
74th & Tacoma Mall BlvdPierceClosed393737021
BridgeportPierceClosed55504
SR 7 & 38th StreetPierceClosed211818010
Off-Site (SR 16 Park & Ride)PierceClosed22202
SR-512 E & Pacific Ave.PierceClosed422928121
Total461,7371,169969200863

Contact

Media Relations Manager
Penny Thomas
Email: Press@Commerce.wa.gov