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Scofflaw Mitigation Project

Page history last edited by Jean Darsie 9 years, 2 months ago

The purpose of the Scofflaw Mitigation Project is to lessen the impact of Seattle's Scofflaw Ordinance on people who are unable to pay and rely on their vehicles for shelter and safety.


To that end a team of volunteers calling themselves the Scofflaw Mitigation Team assist vehicle residents who are low income and unable to pay their outstanding parking tickets. 


Donations to a fund to help those who are low-income/indigent pay for parking tickets can be made out to "ITFH" with "Scofflaw Mitigation Fund" in the memo line and mailed to ITFH c/o St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 98004-1978 WA


This project is a coordinated effort between volunteers who do outreach to vehicle residents, the Seattle Municipal Court, and Seattle Police Parking Enforcement.


If you are low income, living in your vehicle, and in danger of being boot/towed:

the numbers to call for assistance are:    425-442-5418    206-782-0788

Check to see if you have unpaid parking tickets


If, in addition, you are interested in getting out of your vehicle and into housing, call Compass Housing Alliance

"Road to Housing" at 206-474-1650.  




Actions taken through 2012 are:

  • Mitigation Fund setup (COMPLETED)
  • Flyers distributed widely throughout the City of Seattle (PDF) 
  • Calls received and logistical assistance provided: 50  (as of 12-3-2012)
  • Financial assistance provided to 12 citizens (as of 12-3-2012)


Press and other articles:

Families living in vehicles need 'Safe Parking'  (Crosscut, January 2012)

Scofflaw ordinance creates ‘cat & mouse game’ with car campers  (MyBallard, August 2011)

Seattle gives parking scofflaws the boot starting July 5, 2011  (SPDBlotter, July 2011)

"Seattle officials, who have been doing outreach about the program since April, have worked with homeless advocates to develop a protocol to mitigate the impact of the parking scofflaw program on families with children and vulnerable individuals living in vehicles. (A vulnerable individual is a person who is at great risk of harm due to a disability or medical condition.)  The number of individuals in this situation is expected to be low – based on an informal survey, city officials estimate roughly 90 percent of people living in their cars either have no parking tickets or are below the parking scofflaw threshold of four delinquent parking tickets."



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