Boost Economic Success

Economic Success 

As employment patterns shift, the prosperity of our suburban towns increasingly depends upon the growing number of good jobs located within the City of New Haven. The total numbers and average wages of jobs are rising more rapidly in New Haven than they are in suburban towns.


Nevertheless, job access and unemployment are the top concern within many city neighborhoods. For example, while a majority of jobs located in the City of New Haven now pay $20 per hour or more, 81 percent of these “living wage” jobs are held by workers who commute to the city from homes outside of it. Only 4 percent are held by residents of the city’s low-income neighborhood areas, even though these areas comprise over a third of the city population.


New Haven residents are far more likely to have low-wage jobs outside the city than within it, highlighting the issues of transportation and housing access. Most jobs in the region are not accessible via a 90-minute bus ride, and families with children earning less than $50,000 per year are at least 10 times less likely to have access to a car when needed than those making $50,000 or more.

More recent data has been compiled in the Greater New Haven Community Index 2016 and Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region. 

Learn about the work area nonprofits are doing to boost economic success in our region: 

United Way of Greater New Haven brings people and organizations together to create solutions to Greater New Haven's most pressing challenges in the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We tackle issues that cannot be solved by any one group working alone.   
To strengthen our community by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families.
GNHBPA was created to empower minority and female-owned businesses. Through its professional staff and dedicated volunteers, minority owned small business have received support towards reaching often-difficult road of profitability. GNHBA provides support through its massive business network, technical support, and training resources...
Youth Continuum prevents and addresses youth homelessness
The mission of Literacy Volunteers is to empower adults through literacy.
Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH) offers pathways to prosperity to those in poverty in the Greater New Haven area through service, collaboration, advocacy, and knowledge generation.
Vantage Group's commitment is to support the life-long needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in safe comfortable settings and create opportunities for each person's social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth.  Vantage settings are clean, we...
Our mission is to respond to the need of the Latino Community by assisting them to succeed in the U.S. society, and to enable Latinos to maintain and share their rich varied cultures with the broader community.
The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut (LVSCT) is to provide services at no cost to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our community.
The mission of the Regional Economic Xcelleration (REX) Development is to attract jobs and investment to the South Central Connecticut region. The region consists of the towns from Milford to Meriden to Madison. We represent the region at trade shows, communicate to a broad constituent base and provide concierge services for business recrui...
All Our Kin is a Connecticut-based, nationally recognized nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains community child care providers in order to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life.  Our vision: all children, regardless of where they live, their r...
The New Haven HomeOwnership Center increases homeownership opportunities for individuals and families as a leading provider of pre- and post-purchase homebuyer education, financial coaching, and homeownership preservation services throughout Connecticut.
JUNTA's mission is to provide services, programs and advocacy that improve the social, political and economic conditions of the Latino community in Greater New Haven while nurturing and promoting its cultural traditions as it builds bridges with other communities. JUNTA serves and advocates for all vulnerable populations including low-income,&nb...
Mission To provide residential, employment, support, referral, and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities and people with similar service needs to assist them in exercising their human rights as citizens and contributing members of society.
Our mission is to enhance employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
The mission of The WorkPlace is to develop a well-educated, well-trained and self-sufficient workforce that can compete in the changing global marketplace.
The mission of the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. Primarily engaged in microenterprise development, WBDC offers program...
Established in 1919, Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relev...
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration.    A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing...
Career Resources, Inc. (CRI) provides adults and youth throughout Connecticut with the skills, resources, and support necessary for personal development, economic self-sufficiency, and career advancement. CRI also provides planning and staffing resources to the business community in support of workforce development and economic growth.  ...
To help students in the 11 towns we serve to improve their abilities to read, write, and speak English more fluently; to help improve their working and personal lives; to help them achieve personal and professional fulfillment, however they define it; and to help them become better able to contribute to the community we share.
The mission at the Urban League of Southern Connecticut (ULSC) is to enable African Americans and other minority groups to secure and sustain economic self-reliance and parity through education and instruction. The vision of ULSC is to unify, inspire and empower our community through leadership, advocacy and development.
The mission of Casa Otoñal is to create a community which functions as an extended family by providing an array of housing, social, cultural and educational services with a focus on strengthening the Latino community. Casa Otoñal, Inc. does this through its housing services for the el...
 Abilities without Boundaries (AWB) empowers individuals with disabilities the freedom and opportunity to succeed in social and vocational pursuits within a safe, nurturing environment.   
Bill Strickland built the Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) in Pittsburg on the philosophy that “Every human being, despite the circumstances of his or her birth, is born full of potential, and that the way to unlock that potential is to place individuals in a nurturing environment and expose them to the kind of stimulating and ...
To create and sustain person-centered opportunities for each person with special needs where they live, learn, work and play.    GUIDING PRINCIPLES We see the whole person and focus on competence and capacity.  We specialize in finding the unexpected in people. We create options based on ...
New Haven Works (NHW) seeks to build a middle class in an urban center and improve economic stability in all communities by providing employers with a qualified workforce and connecting New Haven residents to good jobs.
The Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) is a recognized leader and advocate for the elimination of homelessness, the creation of affordable homes, and the development of strong communities in Connecticut. None of these complex social problems can be solved by a single organization, and the Partnership has taken a leadership role in a pro...
The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
G.R.O.W.E.R.S. is an acronym for Growing Real Opportunities With Education, Relationships, and Stability. Our mission is to develop and maintain challenging and rewarding employment for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities by creating a community based horticultural business niche.
EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. is a self-sufficient Social Enterprise that operates a Transitional Employment Program for recently released ex-offenders in the Greater New Haven area. Our goal is to provide our participants with the opportunity to end the pattern of recidivism. EMERGE crewmembers are offered paid, part-time training in constructi...
Through innovative partnerships, Arts in CT intends to bring the love of all things creative to communities. The mission of Arts in CT operates at the intersection of workforce, youth, and community development. 1) support professional artists by matching their talents to local opportunities with communit...