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.

Local Snapshot

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

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Dive Into The Issues

Food, Shelter and Compassion »

08.17.2020

Beth El, the only provider of emergency shelter and food services in Milford, ramps up its efforts during COVID-19.

Food Relief Adapts to Pandemic »

04.20.2020

Local food agencies have have rapidly transformed their operations to ensure that the hungry continue to be fed during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Impact

The Community Foundation supports services that target immediate basic needs as well as efforts that seek long term solutions.

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Find Local Basic Needs Organizations

Action and Advocacy for a Prosperous Community

Community Action Agency of New Haven is collaborating with other agencies in our community and advocating for support statewide.

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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 »

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..."

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