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 3/20/2024):

  • There are a total of 37 sites
    • 2 sites are active
    • 35 sites are closed
  • 1,098 people have accepted housing
    • 911 are in emergency/transitional housing
    • 187 are in permanent housing
    • 72% 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
Snohomish$4,000,000 Reallocated*$1,945,894$5,945,894

Site Activity and Outcomes

The data provided in this chart is based on activity as of February 29, 2024.

*Updates below does not include Spokane.
*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
Olive WayKingClosed55504
South Park*KingClosed333030022
Airport Way/SnoqualmieKingClosed14121028
Myers WayKingClosed362927215
I-5 U DistrictKingClosed302825328
McDougall Ave.SnohomishClosed101001010
Smokey Point Rest AreaSnohomishActive1906060048
Silver Lake TrailSnohomishClosed171721515
Everett Ave I-5 OverpassSnohomishClosed00000
19th Ave WincoSnohomishClosed55144
SR 104 & SR 99SnohomishClosed11011
164th S. on ramp I-5SnohomishClosed22022
Swamp CreekSnohomishClosed262691717
I-5/ SR 526 Scale HouseSnohomishClosed66600
128th & I-5SnohomishClosed22200
City CenterThurstonClosed363030025
Wheeler Ave.ThurstonClosed544747039
Sleater KinneyThurstonClosed1521301300128
Sherwood/ DESThurstonActive171010010
Camp HopeSpokaneClosed46718415727154
84th & HosmerPierceClosed784646013
Bay StreetPierceClosed46353239
74th & Tacoma Mall BlvdPierceClosed393737021
SR 7 & 38th StreetPierceClosed211818010
Off-Site (SR 16 Park & Ride)PierceClosed22202
SR-512 E & Pacific Ave.PierceClosed422928121


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