About NHS New Haven

We're creating social, economic & environmental health for all New Haveners.

Trusted Guide.
Committed Creative Partner.
Wise Investment.

Forty years into our journey, NHS New Haven remains a leader in the field of community development via social, economic, and environmental health. We renew neighborhoods by making distressed homes beautiful, energy-efficient, and affordable. Our education, leadership development, and ongoing supports empower New Haven’s marginalized residents. Our holistic approach to development merges community building with direct service and engages people of all economic strata in revitalizing New Haven’s underserved communities.

To learn more about who we are, what we do, and why we do it, just reach out!

Our Mission

We strengthen neighborhoods by developing affordable housing and increasing homeownership opportunities; providing homebuyer education and financial coaching; making homes safe, beautiful and energy efficient; and improving perceptions of the neighborhoods in which we work by helping residents take charge of their communities.

NHS Vision

We envision a New Haven where all neighborhoods are vibrant and safe, and all residents are thriving in beautiful, dignified homes.



In New Haven, only 43% of residents can afford their housing costs, which puts them at risk. That doesn’t work for us.


Many Connecticut families lack budgeting skills. By educating residents in financial literacy, property maintenance, and resident leadership, we empower people to create their own stability.


New Haven is a diverse and vibrant community. We celebrate our residents through events and classes to foster safer neighborhoods where everyone can thrive.



We are deeply grateful for the support from these organizations, which allows us to keep working toward achieving our vision. We also wish to acknowledge the many individuals who have given so generously but whose names are not listed for reasons of privacy.

Public Support
City of New Haven
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
NeighborWorks® America
State of Connecticut Department of Housing
Town of Hamden

Corporate Support
Bank of America
Citizens Bank
Guilford Savings Bank
JPMorgan Chase
Liberty Bank

Newtown Savings Bank
People’s United Bank
Santander Bank
TD Bank
Webster Bank
Wells Fargo

Foundation/Nonprofit Support
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Knights of Columbus
Long Island Sound Futures Fund/National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
New Haven Investment Fund
Seedlings Foundation
Sustainable CT
William Caspar Graustein Foundation
Yale University

Tax Credit Buyers
Eaton Vance Investment Managers
Perrigo, Inc.
The Suzio York Hill Companies
The United Illuminating Company
Webster Bank

Program Partners
Capital for Change
Citizens Bank
City of New Haven–Livable City Initiative
Community Housing Capital
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA)
Ion Bank
State of Connecticut Department of Housing


Established in 1979 as Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, our mission was to revitalize the Upper State Street and Dwight/Edgewood neighborhoods by rehabilitating houses for people who needed technical or financial assistance.

In 1982, we incorporated a new goal into the mission – to increase homeownership. Shortly thereafter, we began community organizing to help residents take charge of their neighborhoods. During the 1990s, when housing values were declining sharply, we increased homebuyer education and counseling programs.