Columbus House, founded in 1982, serves people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing, and by fostering their personal growth and independence. The Fellow’s project will help expand affordable housing stock for low-income and homeless singles, youth and families through property development, acquisition and renovations. The Fellow would assist with property identification, seek funding opportunities to offset the cost of housing development, and assist with cost monitoring of active development projects.
Agency website: columbushouse.org
Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven
Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven (ECC/HANH) is a dynamic organization that envisions public housing as the foundation of self-sufficiency. It is committed to ending poverty and racism through housing and supportive services to residents. The Fellow would assist with advancing their work and making an impact internally and externally via strategic communications, policy and advocacy, and measurement, evaluation, and assessment (MEA).
Agency website: elmcitycommunities.org
Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) helps refugees establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. IRIS empowers refugees—people who fled their home countries due to persecution— and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrate in their new communities. The Fellow would work with IRIS’s Education and Youth Services Department to assist with their annual Summer Learning Program - a seven-week long program of enrichment and academic support for recently-arrived K-12 refugee and immigrant students.
Agency website: irisct.org
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS) strengthens neighborhoods by developing affordable housing and increasing homeownership opportunities; providing homebuyer education and financial coaching; making homes safe, beautiful, and energy-efficient; and working to improve perceptions of the neighborhoods in which they are working by helping residents take charge of their communities. The Fellow would work with residents to continue to create a resident story-telling initiative based in the Newhallville neighborhood. The Fellow would also support the emerging NHS Data Group and work toward the creation of a Social Impact Bond.
Agency website: nhsofnewhaven.org
New Haven Urban Resources Initiative
The Urban Resources Initiative is a nonprofit Yale University partnership that transforms people and places through urban greening. They work to cultivate community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, advance the practice of urban forestry, and provide Yale students with clinical learning opportunities. The program conducts resident-led environmental restoration, builds community, and fosters stewardship and civic empowerment. Fellows would provide technical and skills training support to 6 community groups doing environmental rehabilitation (tree planting, vacant lot restoration, and leaded soil remediation). If in person, the URI Fellows would also assist materially, supporting community groups at each site.
Agency website: uri.yale.edu