Rising inequality

Change in Population in poverty, 1990 to 2011

Greater New Haven is affected by income inequality, which nationally is now at its highest level since 1917. One in ten residents in our region, including one in four in New Haven, is living in poverty. 

Within Greater New Haven, 21 percent of households spend more than half their income on housing costs - a rate higher than that of the Boston or Hartford regions and almost as high as the New York City metro area (23%). Lack of affordable housing also can force people to live farther from their jobs, impacting their stability and quality of life.

One in five residents in the region, and nearly one in three in New Haven, report not having enough money to buy food over the course of a year, a condition known as food insecurity. 


See these and other indicators in the report, Calibrating the Community.

What the Community Foundation is Doing

In addition to supporting immediate services, The Community Foundation supports long term efforts that address the underlying causes of unmet basic needs. Recent grants have been used to stabilize operations, foster collaborations, and develop strategic plans while simultaneously meeting the increased demand for services, supplies, food and shelter. 

2012-2013 Highlights:

  • $600,000 awarded to Basic Needs grantees 

  • Provided essential funding for merger of Life Haven and New Haven Home Recovery

  • Grantees served 307,917 meals in soup kitchens and through delivery services

  • Grantees generated $1,060,000 in sales of fresh produce at community markets

  • 2.8 million diapers were distributed through grantees and New Haven Healthy Start

  • 790 homeless people were sheltered by grantees

Grant Stories

Fresh Food on a Fixed Income »


CitySeed is a New Haven-based organization created in 2004 to help City residents have access to fresh food. CitySeed pioneered the first of four Farmers’ Markets in New Haven. Grants from The Foundation to CitySeed were made possible by donors like Grace Bourne (1902 -1983).

The Many Avenues of Charitable Giving »


To achieve their goal of helping others, Alejandro and María Galindo use many avenues to pursue their charitable giving philosophy. Even though they are not wealthy, their generosity and compassion for others has motivated them to assist with countless fundraising efforts.

The Silverthau Fund Focuses on the Poor »


The Silverthau Fund, which was originally designated as a source of milk and coal for the poor, now supports the more modern “material needs of the poor in New Haven” such as food and shelter. It has supported nonprofits throughout Greater New Haven since 1941.


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