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    Dear Friends:

    Five years ago, New Haven became the first municipality in the nation to offer identification cards to all residents regardless of immigration status. For many, the New Haven Resident Card has served as the only available government identification to prove residency in New Haven when seeking services, interacting with police, and opening bank accounts. The City remains committed to offering the card, expanding services, and continuing to reach new residents about the importance and value of the card. To that end, the City has partnered with community organizations on a survey to solicit feedback on the New Haven Resident Card. The survey asks questions about how the card is currently used, as well as questions about features residents may wish to see added in the future, including a debit card function.

    Please take a moment and complete the survey and pass it along to your friends. The survey can be found at www.cityofnewhaven.com/residentsurvey. Those who complete the survey will be eligible to win a $250 gift card.

    Five years ago, the City made a powerful statement about what it means to be an open and welcoming community. With the creation of the Elm City Resident Card, we chose to define our community not by failed federal immigration policies, but instead by what we know and see every day. We are residents of this City because we live here, work here, shop here, send our children to school here, worship here, and pay our taxes here. That statement is as relevant today as it was five years ago. This survey is an important first step and an opportunity to reach out to residents about what this card represents, and to begin to consider new ways to keep this card and its message useful and relevant.

    Volunteers Needed for Pedestrian, Cyclist and Parking Survey

    The City of New Haven will be conducting the 7th Annual Point-in-Time Survey and Parking Count on October 16th & 17th. We are looking for volunteers to participate in collecting pedestrian, cyclist and parking data within downtown New Haven. This is the seventh annual survey, and the Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking has found an upward trend in the number of daily multi-modal commuters. Your assistance in collecting data for this survey will place the city in a better position to accommodate daily commuters with future transportation infrastructure improvements.

    We are looking for volunteers who can assist in collecting data by standing at an intersection to count pedestrians and cyclists. We are also looking for volunteers who can walk through a parking lot or a garage to count empty spaces. Volunteers will spend approximately one hour from start to finish. For more information contact Transportation, Traffic and Parking at 203-946-6455.

    GearUp Provides Support and College Scholarships for Students in Eight Schools

    Some cities invest in sports stadiums. Here in New Haven we invest in our residents and the future of our young people. Last week I had the pleasure of joining students at King-Robinson School for the launch of a new GearUp program for seventh grade students in eight New Haven schools. Seventh graders in those eight schools who complete the GearUp program will be eligible for generous college scholarships when the graduate. Those scholarships can serve as a complement to New Haven Promise, covering college costs such as room and board and books.

    GearUp, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program, is a six-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education that funds a partnership between New Haven Public Schools, SCSU and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. The grant follows the same cohort of students starting in seventh grade, through high school and into their first year of college. GearUp will provide critical supports such as tutoring, mentoring, workshops and summer courses. Thanks to a special partnership with Southern Connecticut State University, students will be eligible for free or reduced tuition there.

    The eight participating GearUp schools are Troup, Lincoln-Bassett, Mauro-Sheridan, Beecher, Celentano, Wexler-Grant, Katherine Brennan and King-Robinson.

    Volunteers Needed for Boost! Canvass

    The Kindergarten Canvass and Promise/Parent University Canvass were huge successes in August and September. The New Haven Public Schools, the City, the United Way of Greater New Haven and New Haven Promise are partnering for a final canvass this year to speak to families enrolled in Boost! schools.

    Boost is a partnership between the public schools, the City and the United Way of Greater New Haven to assure that children and families have the non-academic support services that students need to successful in the classroom. The canvass will take place Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fair Haven and Hill neighborhoods. Visit www.tinyurl.com/octobercanvass for more information.



    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200

    [9/27/2012]


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