City Initiatives

Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op

The Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op (BSBC)  is committed to building a more equitable New Haven by getting people on bikes. Bikes are so important in our fight for climate justice, resilience, and redistribution of power. Volunteers fix up forgotten and broken down bikes that are then donated to clients at local partner nonprofit organizations. Additionally, BSBC provides an  expensive place where anyone can go to use tools and learn how to maintain their own bike. In warm months  BSBC holds mobile repair clinics to get people’s bikes in working order all over the city.  The Fellow will:  help facilitate mobile bike-repair clinics that will be hosted in conjunction with public library branches throughout New Haven; dialogue with New Haven Parks and Rec  about the maintenance and functionality of bike pump stations in New Haven; and assist with programmatic activitation of park near BSBC.

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Agency website: www.bsbc.co


City of New Haven City Plan Department

City Plan works to improve the well-being of all residents in New Haven by creating safe, equitable, healthful, economically vibrant and attractive places. Planners engage with residents, community leaders, and elected officials to guide the development of physical spaces and develop frameworks for the long-term sustainable growth and development of the city. City Plan is the regulatory body for land use development in the city through the City Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historic District Commission.  TheFellow will gain substantial experience with the regulatory roles of the City Plan Department with particular focus on sustainability and regulation of projects in the State’s Coastal Management Area. 

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Agency website: www.newhavenct.gov/government/departments-divisions/city-plan


City of New Haven Department of Arts and Culture

The Department of Arts and Culture assists, promotes, and encourages artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven while also serving as the steward for the municipal collection of globally inspired public art.  By celebrating arts and culture, it becomes a catalyst for economic development, equitable civic engagement, and spiritual uplift. The Fellow will assist the Department with the curation and management of partnerships in presenting localized Summer/Fall events.

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Agency website: www.newhavenct.gov/arts


City of New Haven Fair Rent Commission

The Fair Rent Commission (FRC) controls and eliminates excessive rental charges on residential property within the City of New Haven. FRC’s role is to enact due process for both tenants and landlords who wish to come before the commission in cases where there are excessive proposed rental charges; unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions; and/or the terms on a rental lease are changed during the agreed upon contract. FRC can investigate cases (including of tenants’ unions), inspect units, bring parties together to negotiate an outcome, and quantify information on rental housing trends in New Haven.  The Fellow will help the Fair Rent Commission engage with New Haven landlords to respond to unsafe and unhealthy conditions while learning about how to create a well-maintained housing stock. The ideal Fellow will assist in negotiations, draft reports and introduce municipal housing policy to the New Haven Board of Alders.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/government/departments-divisions/fair-rent-commission


City of New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking

The Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking (TT&P) addresses the safety and mobility needs of the City while ensuring the quality of life of its residents. This includes planning and implementing projects and operations by prioritizing equity, public health and resilience from a systems perspective. The City is home to approximately 135,000 residents with almost a third of residents (primarily low-income, people of color) who do not own automobiles and who primarily rely on transit and other non-motorized modes to commute. Keeping in view the historical inequities and issues, TT&P staff are committed to working collaboratively with the residents, policy makers and other important stakeholders to provide innovative solutions to improve safety, mobility and accessibility within the transportation system.  The Fellow will primarily support the implementation of the recently adopted City-wide Active Transportation Plan, also known as the Safe Routes For All (SRFA) plan. The work will include collecting data; performing data analysis, and research; creating databases; developing materials and graphics for communication with city staff and the public; and coordinating and communicating with the public.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/government/departments-divisions/transportation-traffic-parking


City of New Haven City Plan Department

City Plan works to improve the well-being of all residents in New Haven by creating safe, equitable, healthful, economically vibrant and attractive places. Planners engage with residents, community leaders, and elected officials to guide the development of physical spaces and develop frameworks for the long-term sustainable growth and development of the city. City Plan is the regulatory body for land use development in the city through the City Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historic District Commission.  TheFellow will gain substantial experience with the regulatory roles of the City Plan Department with particular focus on sustainability and regulation of projects in the State’s Coastal Management Area. 

Click here to read the agency’s placement proposal

Agency website: www.newhavenct.gov/government/departments-divisions/city-plan


City of New Haven Department of Arts and Culture

The Department of Arts and Culture assists, promotes, and encourages artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven while also serving as the steward for the municipal collection of globally inspired public art.  By celebrating arts and culture, it becomes a catalyst for economic development, equitable civic engagement, and spiritual uplift. The Fellow will assist the Department with the curation and management of partnerships in presenting localized Summer/Fall events.

Click here to read the agency’s placement proposal

Agency website: www.newhavenct.gov/arts


City of New Haven Fair Rent Commission

The Fair Rent Commission (FRC) controls and eliminates excessive rental charges on residential property within the City of New Haven. FRC’s role is to enact due process for both tenants and landlords who wish to come before the commission in cases where there are excessive proposed rental charges; unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions; and/or the terms on a rental lease are changed during the agreed upon contract. FRC can investigate cases (including of tenants’ unions), inspect units, bring parties together to negotiate an outcome, and quantify information on rental housing trends in New Haven.  The Fellow will help the Fair Rent Commission engage with New Haven landlords to respond to unsafe and unhealthy conditions while learning about how to create a well-maintained housing stock. The ideal Fellow will assist in negotiations, draft reports and introduce municipal housing policy to the New Haven Board of Alders.

Click here to read the agency’s placement proposal

Agency website: newhavenct.gov/government/departments-divisions/fair-rent-commission


City of New Haven Office of Climate and Sustainability

The Office of Climate and Sustainability works with City departments, community organizations, and New Haven residents to advance and coordinate city-wide climate and environmental sustainability policies, practices, and initiatives. The Office seeks to implement climate mitigation and adaptation solutions that intersect with and address the immediate challenges facing New Haven residents: from finding safe and affordable housing, to accessing quality employment opportunities, to improving air quality and respiratory health. 

Placement 1: The Fellow will assist in organizing the City’s community outreach and education campaign regarding residential energy efficiency and home electrification. Tasks will include organizing meetings with community groups, managing and participating in neighborhood-level canvasses, researching state and federal energy efficiency and clean energy incentives, and creating communications materials.

Click here to read the agency’s placement proposal for Placement 1

Placement 2: The Fellow will co-manage the City’s application to Sustainable CT. Tasks include tracking progress on sustainability goals, outreach to partner organizations, researching specific actions, and creation of communication materials. 

Click here to read the agency’s placement proposal for Placement 2

Agency website: www.newhavenct.gov/climate


City of New Haven Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development facilitates commercial development, attracts quality businesses/investment, expands employment opportunity, and improves the City’s overall quality of life to create an equitable world-class city in which all residents thrive. The Fellow will assist with implementation of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) COVID-recovery programs including economic development, and housing and vocational/technical career pathways. 

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Agency website: newhavenctgov/gov/depts/ed   


CitySeed

CitySeed is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for all New Haven residents. They believe access is a combination of proximity to food, affordability of food, and knowledge about food. The Fellow will work with the Market Management Team to increase community outreach regarding CitySeed’s SNAP Doubling and Farmers Market Nutrition programs, and will also assist with the creation and management of events at the Farmers Markets.

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Agency website: cityseed.org


Connecticut Domestic Worker Alliance

The Connecticut Domestic Worker Alliance promotes the economic well-being of women in the caregiving and cleaning professions in New Haven. The typical domestic worker is paid $12.01 per hour, which is much less than other workers, who are paid $19.97 median wage. By educating domestic workers about their rights and by helping employers adopt fair employment practices aligned with Connecticut labor laws, this program improves the economic well-being of hundreds of New Haven women and their families. The Fellow will conduct outreach and education activities in Spanish and English to empower domestic workers (nannies, housecleaners, and home care workers) and to motivate employers to adopt good labor practices.

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Agency website: www.domesticworkers.org


DataHaven

Data Haven’s work focuses on collecting, interpreting, and sharing public data related to social, economic, and health issues. Local stakeholders apply this information to create informed solutions to problems in their communities. Municipal governments, state agencies, community foundations, non-profit organizations, health care providers, educational institutions, students, and residents regularly use its services or partner with DataHaven to produce cross-sector reports. The Fellow will help to enhance and share the Town Equity Reports and Community Index. These programs track indicators of economic and social well-being at the state and local level, in partnership with over 125 Connecticut-based organizations including many located in New Haven.

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Agency website: ctdatahaven.org


Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK)

DESK serves people experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.  The Fellow will work with DESK’s program staff to coordinate the weekly food pantry program; coordinate the distribution of meals as part of DESK’s nightly dinner program; provide onsite services as part of DESK’s Drop-in & Resource Center program; and gain an in-depth understanding of how frontline social services work for people experiencing homelessness.

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Agency website: deskct.org


Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven

Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven (ECC/HANH)  provides housing and support programs for more than 14,000 city residents. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of residents of the City of New Haven through the development and operation of affordable communities of choice, equity, and by providing opportunities for greater self-sufficiency. The Fellow will support the agency’s policy and advocacy arm through research, data collection, policy development, and event coordination. The Fellow will focus on municipal policy, designing and identifying new avenues for advocacy and helping to write and promote the agency’s policy platform.

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Agency website: www.elmcitycommunities.org


Gateway Community College Foundation

Gateway Community College Foundation serves the students of Gateway Community College, the largest of CT’s 12 community colleges. The Foundation provides student scholarships and fellowships, technology grants, and aid for educational and emergency needs, and also provides support to faculty and staff for professional development.  The Fellow will support marketing, communications, and fundraising, including alumni and prospect research, social media and annual report content creation, and copy-editing and events management.

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Agency website: gatewayfdn.org


Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association

The Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association (GNHBPA) promotes and assists in the development of minority- and female-owned  small businesses in the New Haven area. We anticipate a complete overhaul of the GNHBPA social media presence to update existing online data and establish a modern website that incorporates on-line data regarding current membership resources and capabilities. The Fellow will assist with a complete overhaul of the GNHBPA social media presence, and will principally be tasked with drafting and editing various site information; compiling membership data; and editing outdated online information.

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Agency website: Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association’s Facebook page


Greater New Haven Chamber 

The Greater New Haven Chamber provides value through business resources and services to its partner companies and leads regional economic growth through bold and effective advocacy. The Chamber is engaged in the growth and retention of businesses and the advocacy that supports businesses in the region. The Fellow’s work will fall into two categories: Economic Development and Workforce Initiatives.

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Agency website: gnhcc.com


Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven (LVGNH) recruits and trains volunteer tutors who provide free literacy tutoring to adults within two core programs: Basic Literacy, a program offered to English speakers who are reading and writing at low literacy levels, and ESOL, or English for Speakers of Other Languages, a program offered to adults who need to learn to speak, read, write, and understand English. Many students in the ESOL program are recent immigrants and refugees to the USA and most students are from low-very low income households. LVGNH fosters partnerships with adult learners, tutors, and communities to enable individuals and families to achieve educational, career, and quality of life goals.

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Agency website: www.lvagnh.org


Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes provides food, clothing, and community in a safe and welcoming space. Loaves and Fishes lives out its mission by attempting to provide mitigative measures that address the current needs of the community while also working on transformative efforts that look at systemwide problems. The Fellow will help implement the program’s universal intake system that is being rolled out across the city, and will also contribute to communications and volunteer management protocols.

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Agency website: www.loavesandfishesnh.com


MakeHaven

MakeHaven is a not-for-profit, membership-driven organization, gathering place workshop for makers, creators, tinkerers and dreamers. The environment supports the development of and collaboration on a wide variety of projects, including: prototyping, fabrication, mechanics, electronics, crafts, art, and woodworking. The Fellow will organize community building and public education events, organize and instruct a workshop, and will assist with shop upkeep as needed.

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Agency website: www.makehaven.org


New Haven Police Department

The New Haven Police Department (NHPD) engages empowers, and partners with the community to create a safer and more inclusive city. The NHPD pledges to fight crime, protect life and property, and stand against injustice. The Fellow will assist with marketing and content production for multiple social media platforms that increase community engagement, enhance recruitment efforts, and build morale amongst officers.

Click here to read the agency’s placement proposal

Agency website: www.newhavenct.gov/government/departments-divisions/new-haven-police-department


New Haven Urban Resources Initiative

The Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is a nonprofit Yale University partnership that empowers and supports communities in the restoration, stewardship and enjoyment of the urban forest and nature in New Haven. URI hires community forestry interns for its Community Greenspace program each summer.  Through this program, URI community foresters work with about forty community groups in middle- and low-income neighborhoods to reclaim, restore, and replant parks, vacant lots, and streetscapes while revitalizing New Haven communities. URI community foresters receive training in urban forestry, project planning, site assessment, social forestry, and research techniques, and gain experience working with community groups, city officials, and non-profit agencies.  As a community forester, the Fellow will provide technical and material support to six or seven community groups engaged in environmental rehabilitation projects, such as tree planting, vacant lot restoration, or invasive species removal.

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Agency website: uri.yale.edu


New Haven Works

New Haven Works, a partnership between government, community, labor and the private sector, works to ensure that regional employers and businesses have access to a local talent pool and that qualified New Haven residents have access to good jobs. The Fellow will provide program support to New Haven Works’ member recruitment, communications, and member services. Key deliverables will be recruitment of residents with STEM backgrounds or interest in other high-demand occupations, a community recruitment/informational event, and a collection of member testimonials for social media/communications use.

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Agency website: newhavenworkspipeline.org