Residents in temporary settings hosted by religious organizations are a particularly vulnerable population that do not have access to the same services as citizens with more stable housing. Therefore, it is the intent of the legislature that local municipalities have the discretion to protect the health and safety of residents in temporary settings that are hosted by religious organizations. This bill places restrictions and requirements on certain local governments and religious organizations that host the homeless on property owned or controlled by the organization. The bill regulates permit fees, the time which religious organizations can host encampments and it requires restroom access, sex offender checks of residents, and the use of the Washington homeless client management information system.
Passed out of the Senate. Had a public hearing in the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee on Mar 15 and scheduled for executive session on Mar 16, but no action was taken.