In October 2014, NHS of New Haven celebrated its 35th Anniversary!
Featured homes on Winchester Ave.
Featured homes on Lilac Street.
By 2010, foreclosures were abounding in NHS’ target neighborhoods. Newhallville and the Hill were riddled with foreclosed properties and real estate values, even for well-maintained, owner-occupied homes continued to fall. Houses that investors had acquired for what they thought were bargain prices continued to lose value, and investors began to walk away from the houses they had previously picked up as investments.
It was in this context that NHS of New Haven decided to pursue a clustering strategy for developing houses in our target neighborhoods. After all, there were so many houses to choose from, and we felt that if we could concentrate our development in clusters, we would maximize the impact of our work. We embraced the precepts of the “healthy neighborhoods” approach to community revitalization and have been seeking to improve the perceptions of the neighborhoods in which we are working, while encouraging reinvestment on the part of our new homebuyers as well as existing homeowners. This strategy is still a work in progress, but we remain very optimistic that it will create a transition in Newhallville and the Hill that has eluded housing developers and community housing development corporations for decades.
Completion of the three houses on Winchester Avenue motivated us to expand this cluster of homes by turning down Lilac Street where we were able to acquire additional derelict properties. As of December 31, 2015, we had beautifully restored homes for new homebuyers at 15 Lilac Street, 28 Lilac Street, and 35 Lilac Street, with a beautiful newly constructed home replacing a vacant lot at 32 Lilac Street.