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 support efforts to redesign the structure and format of homeless shelter design, to move from congregate to a non-congregate floor plan. The Fellow will also support advocacy efforts for this design throughout the neighborhood around Ella Grasso Boulevard, secure regulatory approval for the transition, and help with tasks to prepare for the implementation of the design.
Agency website: columbushouse.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.
Agency website: www.elmcitycommunities.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 will work to improve the relationship between residents (and resident-driven groups) and volunteers in a number of placemaking and programmatic areas in two New Haven neighborhoods: Newhallville and the Hill. The Fellow will meet with residents and identify specific ways to improve how they can work with volunteers in areas of greatest need as identified by them.
Agency website: nhsofnewhaven.org
Towers Foundation, Towers at Tower Lane
The Towers provides a warm and vibrant senior housing community that has traditionally served low-income older adults through rental subsidy and life enrichment programming that is provided free of charge via grant funding and through gifts from private donors. The Towers also has market rate apartments that are significantly more cost effective for older adults who have some savings, but who do not qualify for State assistance. The Fellow will be working on brand expansion, specifically related to market rate apartments. This would include working with Towers team and consultants to develop new materials, and express the expanded brand on social media and on new platforms. The Fellow will also help develop a business plan for a potential new Kosher catering business to serve the greater New Haven community.
Agency website: www.towerlane.org