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 supplemental operating budget (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.

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

SiteCountyResidentsMoved to HousingTemp/ShelterPermanent Supportive HousingStill in HousingSuccessful Exits
Lilly RoadThurston31100TBD
Pacific AveThurston164401TBD
Hwy 520Pierce55505TBD
Olive WayKing101010010TBD
Dearborn StreetKing645753257TBD


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