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Jan. 11, 2024: How a safe place to park is changing lives

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Terrell Curtis, executive director of the Colorado Safe Parking Initiative, at the organization’s site in Commerce City for the unhoused living in their cars. Site manager Michael Meyer handles applications, ensures visitors abide by a set of rules, and keeps the site free of litter. He and his wife also live on the site while he waits for an opening in Section 8 housing.

People who don't have a place to stay warm often end up sleeping in their cars, but finding a safe place to park is tough. That's where the Colorado Safe Parking Initiative comes in. Most of the people it serves are newly homeless, and while half have jobs, they can't afford to rent or buy a permanent place to stay. Later, unique audio guides greet visitors at the Denver Art Museum.