Our Redeemer’s Church expands safe parking program

The safe parking lot program at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th St) is expanding to include more parking spots for those living in their vehicles.

The expansion is part of the City’s Safe Parking Pilot plan to include more safe spots around Seattle. Plans to establish a safe lot for 30 vehicles in Genesee Park and Playfield was dropped after a backlash from the neighborhood, and the City has instead decided to scatter new spots in faith-based organization parking lots around Seattle instead.

Mayor Jenny Durkan has included $250,000 in the City’s budget to support the Safe Parking Pilot, inspired by a similar program in Santa Barbara.

Our Redeemer’s has been operating as a safe space for overnight parking since 2012, but they’re now increasing their parking spaces from three to seven.

The new parking spaces are intended for operational passenger vehicles with current car tabs — no RVs, campers, or trailers will be allowed. The pilot is intended to only serve participants that have been referred to the program and are actively seeking permanent housing.

The Urban League will continue their partnership with Our Redeemer’s for the safe lot expansion, helping households find permanent housing.

To learn more about the pilot program, visit the Seattle Human Interests Blog.


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Paintking
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Paintking

So much for the separation of church and state.

Freja
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Freja

The establishment clause separates church from state, but not religion from politics or public life. Individual citizens are free to bring their religious convictions into the public arena. But the government is prohibited from favoring one religious view over another or even favoring religion over non-religion.

El Grunion
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El Grunion

just what the surrounding neighborhood wasn’t asking for, awesome!

bobbyv
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bobbyv

I bet the people that live in that area are thrilled now !

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

Yes, check your windows and doors, and the garden shed.
Don’t give anybody an easy crime of opportunity.

ballard since 1991
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ballard since 1991

This program has been in place since 2012 – with the first implementation being up to six cars. I’m a neighbor and have never had any issues with those staying there, so please just get over yourselves. Have a nice day!