Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven
37 Union Street
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 37 Union Street
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 785-0794 x
Fax 203-785-0679
E-mail info@habitatgnh.org
Web and Social Media
Women's Build volunteers building a Habitat home on Elliot Street, New Haven
Mission

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in the Greater New Haven area through the creation of homeownership opportunities for low-income families. Building neighborhoods and building community, one house, one family at a time.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is an affiliate of Habitat International.  Like all affiliates, the organization is independently managed and 100% of the funds needed to build locally come from the local community.   

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1986
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William P. Casey
Board Chair Don Deloge
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $2,596,530.00
Projected Expenses $2,596,530.00
Statements
Mission

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in the Greater New Haven area through the creation of homeownership opportunities for low-income families. Building neighborhoods and building community, one house, one family at a time.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is an affiliate of Habitat International.  Like all affiliates, the organization is independently managed and 100% of the funds needed to build locally come from the local community.   

Background
In 2016, the organization will celebrated its 30th Anniversary. In response to New Haven’s stark problem of poverty housing in the 1980s, particularly in the Hill Neighborhood, a group of community activists founded a Habitat affiliate in New Haven . Entirely run by volunteers and operating on a tiny budget originally, the organization has grown much larger. With a budget of over $2,000,000, a small, professional staff, serving low-income families in not only New Haven, but also in surrounding towns, a large volunteer program consisting of 1,000 individuals, plus supporting the building or gut rehab of 7-10 Habitat homes annually- indicates enormous growth. What remains the same is the organization’s strong commitment to its volunteer driven identity.  
 
Habitat for Humanity is not a give-away program.  Future homebuyers must qualify for the program and then are required to help build their future home with a minimum of 400 hours of volunteer labor we call "Sweat Equity."  When the house is completed, homeowners pay back a 25-year, zero percent interest mortgage, which is issued by Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven. Future homebuyers are also required to complete fiscal education, personal budgeting, banking, and use of credit workshops prior to moving into their home.
 
Habitat homes in our community are high quality and designed thoughtfully to fit into the streetscape. Nationally known architect, Duo Dickinson, designs each home. Habitat homes are modestly sized (typically 1,300 sq feet).  The organization also rehabs historic homes in New Haven and in surrounding towns that are in blighted, extremely poor condition.  Preserving these homes is another facet of sustainability.
 
In the City of New Haven the collective property tax contribution of Habitat homes built or rehabbed since 1986 is more than $330,000 a year. 
Impact
Accomplishments in 2014

1.) 2014 was a busy building year. The organization continued its commitment to stabilizing and revitalizing The Hill Neighborhood in New Haven. The construction staff, volunteers, and the designated homeowners completed home building projects on Greenwood Street. Building homes provides qualified families with the opportunity to become homeowners and to dramatically change their lives through creating a stable family home with an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage. Building homes also brings change to streets and neighborhoods. The Hill, like many other neighborhoods, needs homeowners invested in maintaining their property and committed to improving their community. Habitat plants the seed and Habitat homeowners carry out the goal of “building community, one house, one family at a time”. 

2.) The organization expanded the building program into the Fairhaven Neighborhood of New Haven. In the past, the organization has concentrated its home building program in Newhallville and The Hill. In 2014, the organization made the decision to expand to Fairhaven. We broke ground on 540 Russell Street in 2014 and at least three more Fairhaven Habitat homes will be built in 2015.

3.) Fiscal management continued to be careful monitored last year. As an organization, we are committed to using the donated funds we receive wisely. Administrative and fundraising costs were reduced in 2014 to 9% of total expenditures. The organization, Charity Navigator, which assesses non-profits nationwide, issued its fourth consecutive highest rating for our Habitat affiliate. According to Charity Navigator, only 6% of the charities rated received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations. Our organization was deemed to possess “good governance and other best practices that minimizes the changes of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.” We were pleased to receive that type of recognition.

4.) The organization opened a donation based retail store called "ReStore" in June 2013. After several years of research and hunting for the right location, we opened the ReStore at 286 S. Colony Rd in Wallingford. The ReStore sells to the general public gently used and new building materials, cabinets, appliances, windows, doors, furniture, antiques and household goods. The store accepts a wide range of donations which may be dropped off at the store or there is a pick up service available for large items. We pick up throughout New Haven County. The ReStore is a major fundraising arm of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven and all of the funds raised from selling donated items is used to build Habitat homes in our area.
Needs
1. Increase financial contributions to support and grow the home building program.
 
2. Increase the number of in-kind donations of building materials.
 
3. Add additional individual volunteers to the weekday construction crews.
 
4.  ReStore donations of gently used and new construction items, appliances, furniture and more! A pick up service is available for large items. (203) 774-7560
CEO Statement

Since joining Habitat in 1995, I have had the opportunity to witness the many changes this affiliate has experienced as it has grown and matured into the one of the most respected non-profits in the region.  In 2011, we celebrated the organization’s twenty-fifth anniversary.  In 1986 a small group of individuals formally incorporated Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven with the goal of combating New Haven's problem of poverty housing.  At the time there were 117 Habitat affiliates in the country (compared to the more than 1,500 today).  During the early years, the pace of work was slow and the budget supported the building of one home a year.  Today, the budget is in the $2,000,000 range and we have a small, professional staff in place, which supports the building or rehabbing of six to ten Habitat homes in the City of New Haven and in the surrounding towns.  I am also gratified that the volunteer program has grown to become one of the largest in the state.  More than 1,000 people of all ages and diverse backgrounds volunteer their time and talent each year to help accomplish Habitat's mission in New Haven County. 

What has never changed over the years is Habitat's identity as a community-based, volunteer driven organization.  Without the support of donors, big and small, and all the people from Greater New Haven who donate their time, the goal of stabilizing neighborhoods and creating homeownership opportunities for low-income families would not be an achievable reality.  True to the organization's origins, administrative costs are kept low (less than 8% in 2011) and we are careful to build a budget that is realistic and has diverse sources of funding.  Just as we require Habitat homebuyers to learn about personal budgeting and the responsibilities that accompany owning a home, our staff and board members are also cognizant of the fact that each dollar received must be used wisely. 

Habitat is above all, a community of people.  The Habitat model permits everyone to play a pivotal role in accomplishing a mission that is crucial for the health and stability of where we live, plus transforms the lives of the families who will become Habitat homeowners.  Thank you to all the individuals and organizations in our area who have contributed in some way to Habitat over the years.  If you are just now learning about our organization, I encourage you to get involved. 

William P. Casey
Executive Director

Board Chair Statement

As President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, Inc. (“Habitat GNH”), I am pleased to introduce the organization to those of you who may not be familiar with our work. Habitat GNH is a community based not-for profit organization affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, International. The affiliate serves low-income individuals and families in New Haven County. This year marks the 27th year that Habitat GNH  has built or renovated homes for purchase by qualified applicants. Habitat’s homes are sold below cost and with a 0% mortgage. To learn more about us please see Habitat International’s fact sheet at http://www.habitat.org/how/factsheet.aspxand our website athttp://habitatgnh.org/.

        The Board of Directors of Habitat GNH consists of fifteen dedicated members who may serve up to two three-year terms. Our directors spearhead or take an active role in the following essential tasks: carrying out the family selection process, partnering with approved future homebuyers, planning and building, fund raising and property acquisition, as well as policy making, budget oversight and financial monitoring.   Board members have diverse backgrounds and a wide range of expertise. Among our members are  attorneys, construction professionals, accountants, social workers and clergy all deeply invested in the Greater New Haven community and who believe strongly in Habitat’s mission of eliminating poverty housing. I am grateful to work with such a dynamic and committed group.

        Habitat GNH was recently given a 4-star rating for the fourth consecutive year by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator.  This award indicates that Habitat GNH “outperforms most other charities in America” and conducts its affairs in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner. 

        My thirteen year association with Habitat GNH began because of a conviction in the importance of Habitat For Humanity’s mission and a desire, as a native of New Haven, to help improve New Haven’s neighborhoods.  I particularly enjoy the “Habitat moment”, the dedication of Habitat homes and seeing the joy that it brings to our partner families.

 

Donald Deloge

President of the Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven


 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Housing Development, Construction & Management
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas Served
New Haven
Hamden
Wallingford
Our organization has a specific geographical area that it serves: New Haven County and the towns of Killingworth and Clinton.
Programs
Description
With the support of constituents from our community, Habitat has built and gut rehabbed 90 homes in the City of New Haven, Wallingford and Hamden. In lieu of substantial cash down payments, future Habitat homebuyer families complete 400 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build their home and make a $600 down payment. Mortgages are held by Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven and mortgages are 25-years and zero percent interest. Homes are sold at below market prices and tend to be in the $98,000 range.  
 
The organization both builds new homes and rehabs historic homes. Currently, building takes place in New Haven, Hamden and Wallingford, although it is our goal to expand to other communities that need affordable housing. 

In order to qualify to become a Habitat homebuyer well defined guidelines must be met. Basic requirements are: have a need for housing beyond a desire to own a home, income that falls between 30-60% area median income, and be willing to help build the home. 

Habitat homebuyers are required to successfully complete fiscal literacy classes that cover topics such as budgeting, the use of credit, avoiding predatory lending, personal banking, and the differences between renting and homeowning. Fully participating in the home building process gives future homeowners valuable knowledge about their home and its mechanical systems.

The organization has a large volunteer program consisting of more than 1000 people annually. Volunteers assist with building homes, administrative work, and are members of committees that deal with topics such planning, building, property acquisition, partnering with families, & fundraising.  The organization has a summer volunteer program for young people and volunteers come from all over the Greater New Haven area.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Habitat homes will be completed on time and within budget and low-income families from our area will become homeowners.
 
The neighborhood and community will be impacted by turning blighted lots or abandoned homes into homeowner occupied homes. 
 
Habitat families will be given the opportunities to gain greater financial stability as homeowners of affordable homes.
 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Tackle the problem of poor housing conditions and a lack of affordable housing by provide qualified, low-income families throughout New Haven Country with the opportunity to build and own their own homes .
 
Stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods in the City of New Haven and in surrounding towns by building Habitat homes in clusters or strategically building on single lots where a street can be positively impacted by a single Habitat home.
  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Habitat's staff members and Board of Directors provide oversight.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Habitat homeowners are among the most stable in the country.  Habitat homeowners do not rely on outside mortgage financing and are charged no interest under Habitat for Humanity's guidelines.  Habitat homes are appropriately priced for very low-income families.  In order to qualify for the program, the mortgage must not exceed 30% of a family's gross income.
Description Summer 2013, Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, opened a donation based retail store named ReStore. The store is open to the public and accepts donations of and sells gently used and new building supplies, windows, doors, cabinets, appliances, furniture, antiques and household goods (no clothing, toys or bedding, please). ReStore is a national model of retail stores that belong to Habitat affiliates and the proceeds of the ReStore are used to build Habitat homes in New Haven County. The store has a pick up service for large donated items and we pick up all over New Haven County and in the towns of Clinton and Killingworth. The store is located 286 S. Colony Rd, Wallingford and the donation hotline and store phone number is (203) 774-7560
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. William P. Casey
Term Start Jan 1995
Email casey@habitatgnh.org
Experience Bill has worked for Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven for more than 21 years. He has 34 years experience in the residential home building industry, as a business owner, a construction manager, and as a master carpenter.  He brings to the organization unparalleled construction knowledge as well as a strong commitment to Habitat’s mission and to the families the organization serves. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 2500
Staff Retention Rate 90%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development & Volunteer Services
Title Finance Director
Title Volunteer Coordinator & Family Service Coordinator
Title Restore Manager
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
City of New Haven, LCI
Town of Hamden
Raise the Roof
Sleeping Giant Build
Numerous congregations, school groups and businesses from the Greater New Haven area 
A diverse group of funders 
 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Greater New Haven2012
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2012
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Leveraging AwardConnecticut Community Development Association (CCDA)2008
Board Chair
Don Deloge
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2010 to Dec 2016
Email deloge@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Penny Bellamy
Leigh Cromey
The Rev Vicki Davis
Michel Duchesne International Business Consultant
Michael Holmes
Al Lorie Business Consultant
Lorraine Martin Lorraine Martin, CPA (retired)
Susan Wakefield
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Building
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Nominating
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Finance
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Gail Brathwaite
William Colwell
Tom DiBlasi
Duo Dickinson
Simon Etzel
Mark Franklin
Pat Luddy
Lindalea Ludwick
Robert Lyons, Jr
David Moulton
Len Suzio
Michael Weiner
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $2,596,530.00
Projected Expenses $2,596,530.00
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
From 9902009
Form 9902008
Form 9902007
Audit Documents
audit2013
Audit2012
audit2011
audit2010
audit2009
audit2008
audit2007
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Habitat Homeowner selection critera2012View
History of the affiliate2012View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$741,479$1,047,605$1,012,760
Government Contributions$320,443$268,000$302,568
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$320,443$268,000$302,568
Individual Contributions------
------
$564,703$765,734$578,068
Investment Income, Net of Losses$47,815$44,797$65,307
Membership Dues$9,721----
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$23,010$33,210$74,214
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,450,454$2,183,942$1,491,581
Administration Expense$414,771$149,962$119,310
Fundraising Expense$113,060$78,691$98,670
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.901.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%91%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%6%8%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$4,584,790$4,452,419$2,555,786
Current Assets$2,070,735$1,951,219$1,475,474
Long-Term Liabilities$2,215,315$2,136,330$247,889
Current Liabilities$204,470$218,274$75,978
Total Net Assets$2,165,005$2,097,815$2,231,919
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of New Haven $320,443Yale New Haven Hospital $122,500Yale New Haven Hospital & Medical Staff $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountYale New Haven Hospital & Medical Staff $85,000M&LF Giving Back Foundation $50,000M&LF Giving Back Foundation $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKnights of Columbus $75,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $44,340Selective Insurance Company of the Southeast $38,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.138.9419.42
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets48%48%10%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments


Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 37 Union Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 785-0794
Contact Email info@habitatgnh.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William P. Casey
Board Chair Don Deloge
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired

 

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