Safe Parking Program Debuts Best-Practice Manual and Training Program at National Housing First Conference

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) –New Beginnings’ Safe Parking Program and Supportive Services for Veteran Families program will attend the national Housing First Conference in Denver, Colorado April 9-12. New Beginnings Counseling Center will sell their new Safe Parking Best-Practice Manual and launch their newly-created Safe Parking training program for other communities seeking to learn how to operate a Safe Parking program of their own.

“As vehicular homelessness becomes a larger percentage of the homeless population, there is an increased need for communities to address their unique needs.” states Kristine Schwarz, Executive Director of New Beginnings and sponsor of the Housing First Conference, “We have received interest from communities across the country, and several cities in California have already embarked on setting up programs of their own. The Safe Parking Best-Practice Manual and Training Programs were created to help other communities emulate what has been a very successful program for us in the past 15 years.”

Cassie Roach, Program Coordinator for the Safe Parking Program shared, “We have been offering information and technical assistance to other groups starting up Safe Parking programs for years. The demand has only increased in the three years I have been with the program. It is our hope that the manual and training program can help us earn additional income to support the Safe Parking Program while offering the very best support resources possible to spread the adoption of this method to other communities in need of solutions.”

Manuals are available at the conference and at New Beginnings’ website for $149. https://sbnbcc.org/safe-parking-manual/ More information on training programs, technical assistance, and site visits can be obtained by contacting the Safe Parking program at safeparking@sbnbcc.org or calling (805) 845-8492.

The Housing First conference is a national forum on best-practices related to housing, and aligns closely with federal housing priorities. The knowledge gained at this conference will augment the training New Beginnings brought to Santa Barbara County agencies last year by Iain De Jong, creator of the SPDAT suite of tools and the principle architect of the Intensive Case Management approach to delivering Housing First.

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New Beginnings Counseling Center provides quality, affordable counseling, shelter, case management and education that strengthens our community and provides our clients with the ability to lead healthy and productive lives. New Beginnings Counseling Center, located at 324 East Carrillo Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 963-7777, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.sbnbcc.org.

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