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Community Impact - Meeting Basic Needs

The Community Foundation supports services that target immediate basic needs as well as efforts that seek long term solutions. Organizations completing recent grant transformed the delivery of shelter services to the homeless and provided food to the hungry.

Work We Fund 


Collaborating to end homlessness

Homeless providers in the region have created the New Haven Coordinated Access Network (CAN) -- a new homeless referral and services system within the region. CAN  has standardized the assessment, referral, and placement of homeless individuals and families and improved collaboration, efficiency, and transparency among service providers. The Community Foundation grants to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and New Reach helped launch and implement CAN. Read more about the regional collaboration to end homelessness.

Youth Continuum works to address youth homelessness. Youth in crisis are connected with mental health and substance abuse assessment, counseling or case management, full or part-time employment opportunities and assistance with educational/vocational placement, meals, housing, and baby and hygiene supplies.

Youth Continuum recently increased its capacity to serve additional youth through the launching of its Permanent Supported Housing program and construction of new housing units. 

Volunteers prepare meals at Beth-El Center. Photo credit: Beth-El Center.

Reducing food insecurity

Three grantees, Community Soup Kitchen, Beth-El Center and CitySeed, provided meals and increased access to healthy foods to individuals and families throughout the region.

  • Collectively, Community Soup Kitchen and Beth-El Center distributed 27,500 meals throughout Greater New Haven during their respective grant terms.
  • CitySeed and Beth-El conducted programs designed to increase people’s access to food and also educate individuals on healthy lifestyles and ways of selecting and preparing foods that can optimize health and budgets.

Making a difference - stories from our grantees

From the Start: New Haven Food Salvage Project »


It all started with the potato skins served at a New Haven restaurant on Elm Street.

Learning to Cook - For Work and Life »


The Connection offers cooking classes at the Roger Sherman halfway house.

Weekend Food Program Comes to New Haven School »


Aid for Orphans Relief Foundation ensures that New Haven schoolchildren who were at risk of going hungry during weekends are now taking home backpacks filled with grocery staples.

Recent Grant Awards

  • Aid for Orphans Relief Foundation - $12,000 to support a comprehensive weekend food assistance program for food insecure children and their families attending the John C. Daniels Magnet School of International Communication in New Haven. 
  • Columbus House, Inc. - $164,000 to provide general operating support to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter/housing, and fostering personal growth and independence.
  • CitySeed Inc. - $7,500 to improve service delivery by upgrading data management software systems. 
  • Community Soup Kitchen - $40,000 to provide general operating support for the provision of free, nutritious meals to New Haven residents in need.
  • Connecticut Food Bank - $20,000 to support the Mobile Pantry program that removes transportation barriers that make it difficult for food-insecure households in Greater New Haven to obtain the adequate nutrition they need.
  • Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen - $70,000 to provide general operating support for free, nutritious meals for homeless individuals and families, and the working and non-working poor of the Greater New Haven area.
  • New Reach - $45,000 to support a strategic planning process.
  • Ronald McDonald House of CT, Inc. - $8,500 to support lodging and accompanying services to Sponsor A Stay families from Greater New Haven while their children are receiving life-saving treatments at nearby hospitals.


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