Steven Long of Seattle, Washington is a homeless man who has been living in his truck within the city limits since 2014. Last year, Mr. Long parked his truck on Popular Street for a period of five months. During this time, he was cited on numerous occasions for parking violations. According to city regulations, a driver will receive a parking ticket if his car is continuously parked on the street for more than 72 hours.

The unpaid parking fines continued to mount. The city took action impounding Mr. Long’s truck until he paid for his unpaid parking tickets.

Mr. Long wasn’t about to pay to get his vehicle out of impound. In his mind, his truck was his home, and the city had no right to impound his home. Steven Long took Seattle to court.

This week, a judge made the ruling that Seattle cannot impound Mr. Long’s truck, and the city cannot sell the truck. The judge based his ruling on the Homestead Act. This act states that no person can be forced to sell his primary residence to pay for an outstanding debt. Since the truck was Mr. Long’s primary residence, the judge ruled that it was exempt from sale under the Homestead Act.

City officials were astounded by the ruling. While no decision has been made, an appeal is under consideration.

It is estimated that there are 5,400 homeless people in Seattle. Half of these people live in their cars. Per the judge’s ruling, these car dwellers cannot have their vehicles impounded by the city, but parking tickets may still be issued to violators.

March 25, 2018 · Homeless Man, Homestead Act. · Comments Off on Homeless Man Wins Big Victory In Seattle Court

Homeless people often spend most of their time sitting or sleeping on city sidewalks or under bridges. They try to find any work possible to get food or to try to get a hotel room for at least a night. They usually don’t have the same resources that others have and find that it’s hard to get ahead in life. A judge in Seattle delivered a ruling in favor of a man who has been living in his truck for months. The judge ordered that the man’s vehicle is considered his home and that city police officers could not take the vehicle or fine the man for living inside. This ruling could change the lives of the hundreds of homeless people in Seattle if they can find a vehicle to live in instead of living on the streets or sidewalks.

When the judge offered his ruling, he used information from the Homestead Act. This act rules that no home can be taken away from someone as long as it’s declared a suitable dwelling. In the case of this Seattle homeless man, the judge found that his truck was suitable to live in as long as he didn’t disrupt the city. The man’s truck had been taken for a few months last year because he wasn’t able to move it from a city street, causing the man to try to get by on his own. Even though the judge issued the positive ruling, city officials are trying to get around it and find ways that vehicles can still be impounded if they are used as a home for someone who is considered homeless.