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Is Your Camping Ordinance Constitutional?

Is Your Camping Ordinance Constitutional?

October 1, 2018 by Oskar Rey
Category: Homelessness

This blog will examine the recent Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals case, Martin v. City of Boise, and discuss how this ruling may impact Washington local governments. 

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Land Use and Nuisances Legislative Update

Land Use and Nuisances Legislative Update

August 1, 2018 by Oskar Rey
Category: Automobile Nuisances , Property Nuisances , Homelessness

In this blog post, Legal Consultant Oskar Rey looks at several bills passed in the last legislative session that address land use, nuisance, and code enforcement issues.

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No Magic Homelessness Bullet

No Magic Homelessness Bullet

June 4, 2018 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Homelessness

Solutions for tackling homelessness need to be as varied as the people who experience it and the causes of homelessness itself. Policy Consultant Lynn Nordby looks at some innovative solutions, from 3-D printed houses to repurposed shipping containers. 

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Conestoga Huts Offer More Options for Housing the Homeless

Conestoga Huts Offer More Options for Housing the Homeless

April 23, 2018 by Subir Mukerjee
Category: Homelessness

A housing for the homeless program in Eugene using Conestoga Hut program is immensely popular with long waiting lists. Learn more about this program and the city regulations that have allowed it to flourish.

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Safe Parking Programs: A Safe Place to Sleep in Your Car

Safe Parking Programs: A Safe Place to Sleep in Your Car

March 14, 2018 by Oskar Rey
Category: Homelessness

In light of a recent Superior Court ruling, safe parking programs, often sponsored by religious organizations, can offer relief for individuals living in vehicles. Legal Consultant Oskar Rey examines the regulatory role of local government when a religious organization seeks to establish a safe parking program.

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Top Picks: Ending Homelessness, ‘Aging in Place’ Impacts, Enhancing Walkability

Top Picks: Ending Homelessness, ‘Aging in Place’ Impacts, Enhancing Walkability

December 4, 2017 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Cycling and Walking , Homelessness

From strategies to end homelessness to seniors ‘aging in place,’ Policy Consultant Byron Katsuyama reports on emerging issues for local governments.
 

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Does Your Code Provide Homelessness Solutions?

Does Your Code Provide Homelessness Solutions?

February 23, 2017 by Oskar Rey
Category: Homelessness

There are a lot of policy options for alleviating homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. However, in some jurisdictions, existing codes can present unintended barriers to providing remedies for homelessness. This blog will summarize a few common issues that can arise.

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Homelessness & Housing Toolkit Provides Best Practices, Real-World Examples for Washington Cities

Homelessness & Housing Toolkit Provides Best Practices, Real-World Examples for Washington Cities

February 21, 2017 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Tools for Planners , Homelessness

MRSC and AWC have partnered to document methods being employed by cities and counties to address the concurrent issues of homelessness and housing affordabilityin the Homelessness & Housing Toolkit for Cities. 

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Tiny Houses as a Workable Option to House the Homeless

Tiny Houses as a Workable Option to House the Homeless

January 24, 2017 by Steve Butler
Category: Homelessness

Tiny houses, small structures designed to provide temporary shelter, can be a low-cost method for housing the homeless and offer local governments a better option than having people sleep on the streets or in tents. This post looks at a few models operating successfully here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Winter Weather Shelter Programs for the Homeless

Winter Weather Shelter Programs for the Homeless

November 14, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Homelessness

While many local governments across Washington are seeking long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness, some have developed winter weather shelter programs to address the immediate needs that arise during severe weather conditions. This post profiles some programs available in urban and rural communities.

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Compass Crossing: New Homelessness Project Connects Efficiency with Responsiveness

Compass Crossing: New Homelessness Project Connects Efficiency with Responsiveness

August 5, 2016 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Homelessness

A look at an innovative new homeless housing project in Seattle from Compass Housing Alliance and OneBuild.

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3 Innovative Local Approaches to Tackling Homelessness

3 Innovative Local Approaches to Tackling Homelessness

March 4, 2016 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Homelessness

You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she's been there
Probably been moved on from every place
'Cause she didn't fit in there

-Phil Collins, Another Day in Paradise

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New Strategies to End Homelessness

New Strategies to End Homelessness

January 12, 2016 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Homelessness

As the conversation around homelessness picks back up, here are three innovative strategies that may provide good models.

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