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Meet Basic Needs

When you meet individuals basic needs, you lay the foundation for a stronger society. Unmet basic needs put our community at risk. Hungry children are more likely to miss school, affecting their academic progress. Lack of affordable housing forces people to live farther from their jobs, undermining their stability.

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Greater New Haven, one in seven residents report not having enough money to buy food as rates of inequality rise to historically high levels.

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A System Under Strain »


The safety net is increasingly under strain as growing inequality continues to drive up the numbers of people unable to meet their own basic needs.

The State of Hunger in New Haven »


This report published jointly by the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement and the New Haven Food Policy Council presents the data on food insecurity in New Haven, how the community is responding and what more can be done.

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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. Read More »

Mobile Market Brings Fresh Food

“Because folks all faced the same challenges, and we couldn’t open a storefront, it made sense to do something on wheels. Bringing food to the people made more sense than bringing people to the food...” Read More »

A New Reach toward a Better Life

This local nonprofit helps families get back on their feet after times of turmoil, securing safe housing, affordable furniture and other support services. Read More »

Community Wellbeing Survey and Index Report

Greater New Haven Community Index 2019

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is proud be a major funder and partner in the devleopment of the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey and Greater New Haven Community Index report compiled by DataHaven. 

Greater New Haven Community Index 2019: Understanding Well-Being, Economic Opportunity, and Change in Greater New Haven Neighborhoods is a comprehensive, 120-page report with over 85 data graphics that describe the communities and neighborhoods that make up the Greater New Haven region, and uncover the opportunities and issues facing our area..

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