NEW HAVEN LAUNCHES MOBILE UNIT TO EXPAND REACH OF ELM CITY RESIDENT CARD PROGRAM
(9/26/2007) After two successful months in operation, the resident card program hits the streets
NEW HAVEN- A little more than two months and over 3,500 cards later, the Office of New Haven Residents is hitting the streets of New Haven to make sure that all residents have an opportunity to apply for an Elm City Resident Card.
“The first two months have been a great success, far above our expectations,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We want to remind the community that these identification cards are for all residents of New Haven, regardless of your background and that there are benefits that everyone in the City can make use of even if you already have a driver’s license or other forms of identification.”
During the first weeks of the program, the Office of New Haven Residents processed upwards of 300-500 applications per day with lines wrapping around City Hall and residents waiting hours for an opportunity to obtain this multi-purpose identification card. The Elm City Resident Card allows for access to the New Haven Free Public Library, the city dump, parks and recreations locations and other basic City services. Further, the Elm City Resident Card contains the Parcxmart feature where residents can load up to $150 on the card and use it to pay for parking meters downtown or in any of 50 participating vendors as a form of payment.
The mobile unit’s first stop is Second Star of Jacob Church in the City’s Fair Haven neighborhood. The unit plans to move on to senior centers, community based organizations, schools and other churches over the course of the next few weeks to make it easier for residents to submit their applications and have their photographs taken. Processed cards are later mailed to residents within a week of submitting an application.
“We felt it was important to take this program to the community especially for those individuals who can’t easily get to City Hall on their own and for those members of the community whose schedule just doesn’t allow them to make it to the Office of New Haven Residents during normal hours of operation,” said Kica Matos, Community Services Administrator. “We’re working on putting together a schedule that we’ll share with the public to make sure we visit all parts of the City and reach those residents who needs us the most.”
In order to be eligible for Elm City Resident Cards applicants must show proof of identity (passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, etc…) and demonstrate that they are residents of New Haven. To prove residency, applicants must who a utility bill, lease agreement, rent receipt or other similar documents. For a complete list of acceptable proofs of identity and residency please visit www.cityofnewhaven.com.
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