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Affordable Housing & Homelessness Series, Part 1: Limitations of Homelessness Enforcement

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
1 - 2 PM
Cost: $35
Credits Available: CML, 1.0 CLE and Legal CM - see below



Registration closes Monday, May 20 at 12 pm. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

MRSC’s Affordable Housing & Homelessness three-part webinar series will look at the multi-faceted approaches and challenges of addressing affordable housing and homelessness at the local government level. We will explore these issues through the lens of regulatory and enforcement options and limitations in Part 1, and legal, land use, and public policy approaches in Parts 2 and 3.

Educational Objectives

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual Point in Time count of homeless persons found that roughly 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States in 2018, including 22,304 people in Washington State. With a 5.6% rise in homelessness from 2017 to 2018, local governments across the state are struggling to deal with the challenges this brings, including unauthorized encampments, use of vehicles for habitation, and related public health issues.

Several recent court decisions have placed restrictions on the ability of local governments to enforce regulations and policies that prohibit camping or sleeping on public property. The Limitations of Homelessness Enforcement webinar will explore these restrictions and, more broadly, the limitations of enforcement as a means for addressing the impacts of homelessness.  

Who Should Attend?

Local government supervisors, managers, elected officials, and other staff who handle or may be called on to handle care and outreach to homeless or unsheltered populations.


Oskar Rey, MRSC Legal Consultant. Oskar has practiced municipal law since 1995 and served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kirkland from 2005 to 2016, where he worked on a wide range of municipal topics, including land use, public records, and public works. He has written on topics connected to homelessness for the MRSC Insight blog, including safe parking programs, Martin v. City of Boise ruling, and land use codes


Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administative fee if registration is canceled by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 21. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.