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Will Seattle Finally Get Safe Parking Lots for People Living in Vehicles?

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After years of delays and false starts, the effort to create city-sanctioned parking lots for people living in vehicles may get another shot next year.

Tucked in the city council’s 2022 budget passed in November is $1.5 million for “Vehicle Residency Outreach and Safe Lots.” That’s substantially more than the city has allocated for lots in the past.

People living in vehicles, vans, and RVs make up a significant percentage of Seattle’s homeless population. According to the 2020 Point-In-Time count, 2,748 people were

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