Yale Community for New Haven Fund

In response to the high number of cases of COVID-19 in the City of New Haven and the impact it is having on families and communities, the Yale community is responding by raising, as swiftly as possible, $5 million toward the newly established Yale Community for New Haven Fund, which we have set up in consultation with both the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The fund will be managed by Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs and overseen by an advisory committee, and we will begin distributions as soon as possible. Contributions by Yale staff, faculty and students will be matched by Yale up to the $5 million goal.

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Through the new fund, Yale will support the delivery of healthcare, nonprofit assistance to local businesses, community educational needs, and area not-for-profits focused on such pressing issues as the well-being of children and families, homelessness, and food insecurity.  The fund will focus initially on agencies providing healthcare and basic-needs services to those most affected by COVID-19.

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The Yale Community for New Haven Fund has made the following donations to date:

  • Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation: $25,000 to support its food bank in the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods and provide extended time in transitional housing for clients. 
  • Christian Community Action: $5,000 to provide emergency essential needs for its shelter families.
  • Church of God and Saints: $10,000 to support its food bank in the Dwight neighborhood.
  • CitySeed: $10,000 to adapt its farmers markets during the crisis to ensure basic food access for the New Haven community.
  • Columbus House: $15,000 to provide expanded twenty-four hour care to its homeless clients during the pandemic.
  • CommuniCare: $36,800 to provide rental assistance for low-income clients in danger of eviction or in financial crisis due to the pandemic.
  • Community Soup Kitchen: $30,000 to assist with procurement and delivery of food and supplies for its soup kitchen.
  • Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology: $50,000 to provide rapid emergency financial support for families in the Newhallville and Dixwell neighborhoods.
  • Continuum of Care: $20,000 to provide food to clients, disinfecting supplies for its group homes and crisis centers, and personal protection equipment for staff.
  • Coordinated Food Assistance Network (CFAN): $150,000 to support a delivery system created in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK), Loaves and Fishes, and others to deliver food to those stricken by COVID-19, are immunocompromised, or unable to leave their homes.
  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Center: $10,000 to support telehealth services and to provide personal protective equipment for its providers who are conducting in-person visits.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority: $15,000 to provide hygiene kits including sanitary products for young women and girls in families suffering financial losses due to the pandemic.
  • EMERGE CT: $10,000 to provide basic needs for formerly incarcerated New Haven residents who currently serve as EMERGE crew members.
  • Fellowship Place: $10,000 to support expanded daytime drop-in for homeless and provide meals for its low-income clients.
  • Food for the Frontlines/Keep New Haven Thriving: $100,000 to support local restaurants in providing meals to frontline workers.
  • Gateway Community College Foundation: $26,000 for laptops needed by students to attend online classes and complete coursework.
  • Grace Chapel Church: $7,400 to support its shelter for women.
  • Greater New Haven NAACP: $2,500 to purchase and distribute masks to members of the community.
  • Highville Charter School: $15,000 for Chromebooks to enable its students to access online educational resources and complete school work.
  • Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS): $30,000 to provide emergency housing assistance, a food pantry, medical care, and mental health services for its clients. 
  • Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers: $1,000 to provide reusable cloth masks to its elderly low-income clients.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven: $20,000 to distribute 50,000 free masks in New Haven.
  • Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP): $30,000 to provide emergency housing and food funds to at-risk New Haven families.
  • Liberty Community Services: $15,000 to provide support for increased basic needs of clients in supportive housing and to provide PPE for case managers.
  • National Council of Negro Women: $15,000 to provide sanitary products to young women and girls in families suffering financial losses due to the pandemic.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven: $10,000 to provide emergency rental assistance for low-income families and support homeowner education.
  • New Haven Legal Assistance Association: $50,000 to provide assistance to New Haven residents navigating pandemic-related housing and immigration issues.
  • New Haven Pride Center: $10,000 to establish a food distribution network and provide support services during the crisis. 
  • New Haven Public Schools: $250,000 to support the purchase of Chromebooks for New Haven Public School students.
  • New Haven YMCA Youth Center: $15,000 to provide free emergency child care for healthcare frontline workers.
  • New Reach: $10,000 to support emergency homeless shelters and related food services.
  • Phenomenal I Am: $10,000 to provide food, masks, and disinfectant supplies to at-risk youth and their families during the pandemic.
  • ‘r Kids Family Center: $6,400 to provide food to clients experiencing food insecurity due to the pandemic.
  • Square Meals New Haven /Comidas Completas New Haven: $100,000 to support local restaurants in providing meals to 250 homeless individuals currently housed in local hotels.
  • The Towers Foundation: $25,000 to provide personal protective equipment for its staff, elderly residents and their aides. 
  • Urban Community Alliance: $10,000 to provide low-income families with food and provide internet access needed during the pandemic.
  • Youth Continuum: $15,000 to increase hours to provide 24-hour care so that homeless youth can shelter in place. 

The fund is one part of the University’s response to support the City of New Haven during the crisis.  For more information, click here.

Yale University: Contributing to a Strong New Haven