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D10 September News Highlights

Read the top three stories for Denver Perfect 10’s September 2022 Newsletter

Denver Supports Safe Parking Program for Persons Experiencing Homelessness

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) announces the recent awarding of a $150,000 contract to the Colorado Safe Parking Initiative (CSPI) to administer a Safe Parking program for persons experiencing homelessness in their personal vehicles. A contract was executed Sunday, Aug. 7, following an open procurement process.

The contract utilizes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support a minimum of two safe parking sites with eight parking spaces at each location. CSPI partners with faith communities and others to provide 12 safe parking sites throughout the Front Range, including a site in southeast Denver, which will be funded under this HOST contract. The second Denver location has yet to be determined by CSPI.

CSPI’s existing sites largely serve working households that are newly homeless. Safe parking provides connection to services and safe, legal overnight parking with restroom access (portable toilets, handwashing stations) and drinking water. Guests are offered individualized case management and supportive services, including housing search and placement, employment development and placement, benefits acquisition, and referrals to health, substance misuse, and mental health care.

You can read the full press release here.

Shared Streets
In 2020 and 2021, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) established 9 temporary Shared Streets to create safe and comfortable space for residents to walk, bike, roll, and play. These streets used short-term traffic calming methods to reduce vehicle trips and speeds which resulted in a significant increase in people walking and biking on these corridors. Based on this success, the City of Denver is creating a permanent Shared Streets Program.

Please check out the Shared Streets Program Development website for future engagement opportunities.

Back to School and COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunizations, Oh My!
As we pack our backpacks and head back to school, it’s important immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccine, are up to date! The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) vaccine calculator is a good tool for keeping track of vaccinations and boosters for the whole family. If the kids are headed to daycare or preschool, all individuals, six-months of age and older are now eligible for a vaccination. Vaccinations are readily available, safe, and FREE.

Another tool available to parents comes from CDPHE. The Care-to-Clinic Locator helps parents and guardians to quickly identify the under-5 vaccine providers closest to their child’s daycare, Head Start, YMCA, or other childcare centers. If you’re uncertain about which vaccines are required at school or childcare facility, talk to a staff member as they will be able to provide you with that information. Don’t forget, it’s important for you to keep track your child’s vaccination record. If you have questions about immunizations, go to the CDPHE Immunization webpage; lots of resources can be found there! The best thing you can do if you’re not feeling well this fall is stay home and take a COVID-19 test.

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