About NHS of New Haven

We're creating social, economic & environmental health for our community.

Who We Are and What We Do.

Over the past 42 years, NHS of New Haven has evolved to become a leader in the field of affordable housing development, homebuyer education and coaching, resident leadership development, environmental health, and energy conservation. We revitalize neighborhoods by making distressed homes beautiful, energy-efficient, and affordable, and undertake new construction to increase the supply of owner-occupied housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income families. Our holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization addresses the needs and preferences of neighborhood residents with the direct services and engagement that our professional staff is committed to providing.

NHS of New Haven Lines of Business

Affordable Housing Development

We price NHS homes below our renovation costs. We’ve renovated nearly 300 distressed homes to historic standards, providing beautiful, dignified housing for 504 families in underserved neighborhoods of New Haven. We teach homeowners how to prevent surprise repair bills by caring for their home, and how to budget for expected maintenance costs, so they can afford their home long term.

Learn more about our work in Housing

The HomeOwnership Center

We help you make your vision a reality.

Wherever you are, wherever you want to live, if you want to buy or sell a home in Connecticut, the HomeOwnership Center can help you achieve your dream!

Read about the programs available from pre-purchase counseling to repair programs.

Community Building & Organizing

Neighborhood revitalization is more than a housing development. Our approach to community building focuses on engagement and empowerment. We encourage residents to take charge of their neighborhoods, create block parties, organize street clean-ups and reach out to neighbors.

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Community Sustainability

Community Sustainability takes an approach that starts with residents and their homes and fosters a community development vision emphasizing social equity, civic engagement, economic stability, a healthy environment, and infrastructure that supports neighborhood resilience.

Read about our work to improve local community environment and quality of life


We offer competent and licensed Community Development Lending Professionals who will always work in your best interest.

Let our non-tradional lending look at a plan that works for you!

Realty Services

As Connecticut’s first and only nonprofit real estate company, HOC Realty has a mission to focus on your needs.

Meet your realtor

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 engaged in their communities and thriving in beautiful, dignified homes.

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

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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.



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.


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
Perrigo, Inc.
The Suzio York Hill Companies
The United Illuminating Company
Webster Bank

Program Partners
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