Rights of Way Initiative

During the 2022 supplemental legislative session, Governor Inslee submitted a proposal to the legislature to deliver housing and services to individuals and families living in certain state-owned rights of way. This proposal was modified by the legislature before being passed within Engrossed Substitute House Bill 5963 (page 106, Section 132).

Memorandums 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.

Pursuant to ESHB 5963, Commerce is required to post these MOUs to our website and provide updated MOUs on a 60-day cycle.


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