Somehow the ticket guy or security guard "announced" they were issuing vouchers - at a different time than they normally do every year, and stood there - instead of just going down the line of tents and handing them one...which seems to be a more orderly, fair way of doing things. Those tents are in a perfect, orderly line and it's very obvious who's been there the longest. I am not aware of the garage issue though. I would think those people would lose their place.
Some people were literally out there for a week, just give them the voucher, as stupid as it may be, they earned it, if their tent was first in line.
They should limit "camping" until the day or two before, and clearly mark spots on the sidewalk as places in line and hand them out to whomever is camping or standing in those "spots" when they give out vouchers, IMO.
I really cannot imagine spending a week of my life in a tent on a city sidewalk like that, the sanity of those people are another issue.