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.
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.
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. CaseyExecutive Director
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.
President of the Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven
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.
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