ABOUT NHS NEW HAVENWe're creating social, economic & environmental health for all New Haveners.
Committed Creative Partner.
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.
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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.
We envision a New Haven where all neighborhoods are vibrant and safe, and all residents are thriving in beautiful, dignified homes.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF NHS NEW HAVEN.
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.
WHY WE INVEST IN NEW HAVEN
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.