Olympia made homeless camping legal in one parking lot. A year later, did it work?

As winds pick up and a fast-moving storm approaches, camp host Russell Charbonneau, foreground, and Brandon Ault, with the City of Olympia outreach, look over tent areas at the “mitigation site,” where the city is letting part of its homeless population stay. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

More than a year ago, homelessness exploded in Washington's state capital. So city officials embarked on a unique effort to get homeless people off the street.

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