SEATTLE — A plan to create a designated lot for people living in RVs in Seattle has stalled while officials search for a property owner who is willing to host the program.
The King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) awarded a $1.9 million contract to the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) last summer with the goal of opening the RV lot as soon as possible.
“If we could just find somebody to be a hero and offer us the 30,000 – 40,000 square feet we are looking for, we could make this program happen very quickly,” said Jon Grant, the chief strategy officer of LIHI. “This is a program that would come with 24/7 staffing, case management and services – so there really isn’t a huge risk to the property owner.”
The program would allow between 35 to 40 RVs at a time, and the residents would work with caseworkers to connect with long-term housing options.
“This will be a service-rich environment for these folks,” said Grant. “They are going to be connected to case management. There will be behavioral services on site. There will be a dedicated focus on housing search. Once folks get housed, the idea is that the RV can be scrapped and taken out of circulation.”
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