Meet Basic Needs

Basic Needs

Greater New Haven is affected by income inequality, which nationally is now at its highest level since 1917. One in ten residents in our region, including one in four in New Haven, is living in poverty.


Within Greater New Haven, 21 percent of households spend more than half their income on housing costs - a rate higher than that of the Boston or Hartford regions and almost as high as the New York City metro area (23%). Lack of affordable housing also can force people to live farther from their jobs, impacting their stability and quality of life.


One in five residents in the region, and nearly one in three in New Haven, report not having enough money to buy food over the course of a year, a condition known as food insecurity.

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

See the nonprofits working in our area to provide basic needs services:

Master's Manna, Inc.'s mission is to help homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals obtain essential needs. Master's Manna's primary goals include: Reducing food insecurity (a condition of uncertain availability of or inability to acquire safe, nutritious food in a ...
The organization assists older or disabled people 60 and over by fostering independent living and reducing isolation through the good will and resources provided by IVCG trained, deployed and monitored volunteers and also assists religious congregations and civic groups to recruit, train and monitor volunteers who provide free neighborly service...
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven strengthens and improves individual, family, and community life by providing a wide range of social and human services to people in the community at every life stage, especially those who are vulnerable, poor, and disadvantaged, and without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion.  The agency is ...
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.   
The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc. exists to facilitate healthy, productive, independent and meaningful lives for individuals with disabilities, and children, adolescents, and families. 
     The mission of IRIS is to enable refugees and other displaced people to establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut's communities. Refugees are men, women and children who fled their countries of origin due to persecution on the basis of their race, nationality, religious be...
To carry out the will of the late Ms. Hannah E. Gray of New Haven, Connecticut, by maintaining a home in New Haven for indigent elderly persons in need of residential care.
To strengthen our community by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families.
The mission of Continuum of Care is to enable people who are challenged with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities and/or struggling with addiction to rebuild a meaningful life and thrive in the community.
Christian Community Action (CCA) is an ecumenical social service organization that expresses faithful witness by providing help, housing and hope to those who are poor in New Haven.
Ansonia Community Action (ACA) develops the physical and human resources of the City of Ansonia by assuming the role of Social Advocate and by promoting comprehensive human services through direct delivery and community referral.
Fellowship Place's mission is to serve adults living with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life. At Fellowship Place, we know that with proper treatment and a wide range of support services, many living with a menta...
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.
 Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven positions neighborhoods to succeed by making homes beautiful, energy-efficient, and affordable while helping residents take charge of their neighborhoods.NHS of New Haven is committed to the revitalization of New Haven's disadvantaged neighborhoods through affordable housing developmen...
The mission of Community Soup Kitchen is:To provide free, nutritious meals on a regular basis in the downtown New Haven community for the benefit of the poor and underprivileged.To enhance the dignity and sense of worth of all those who come to the kitchen by welcoming them wholeheartedly and warmly as guests of ...
The mission of Guilford Interfaith Volunteers (GIV) is to promote the well being of our residents who are home bound, elderly, or those of any age who have special needs, by providing them with food - with the Guilford Meals on Wheels program, friendship - with the Friendly Visiting program, and medical equipment - with the Charlie's Close...
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 affili...
WHEAT, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501c3 organization established to meet the emergency needs of the West Haven community in three general areas:     1.  The basic necessities of life to help improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life. ...
The mission of the Beulah Heights Social Integration Program is to empower individuals toward self-directed healthy lifestyles by creating a culture that promotes personal growth, wellness, professional development, and community building as they transition into greater New Haven after incarceration. The Beulah Heights Social Integrat...
Since 1990 the Fr. McKenna St. Vincent de Paul Shop (SVdP) through its volunteers, members and programs, has been dedicated to elderly, homeless, working poor, physically handicapped, and mentally challenged neighbors of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.  We fulfill this mission without discrimination or religious affiliation, by provid...
The mission of the Towers organization is to provide older persons of varying means with high quality living arrangements and services based upon Jewish values and traditions.
The mission of the Emergency Shelter Management Services, Inc. is to ensure the availability of emergency shelter for men who are in need.
The mission of the Branford Food Pantry is to provide groceries to families in need.
Beulah Land Development Corporation is a faith-based organization committed to creating a safe, revitalized community of choice through: Building affordable housing (homeownership and elderly)   C...
New Financial Life, Inc. (NFL's) mission is to increase the economic security of low and moderate income individuals and families living in the Greater New Haven area through a combination of multi-lingual financial education and asset building services.NFL provides programs such as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Earned I...
To renovate and maintain a centralized location (building) for providing volunteer services to the local management for four town agencies - the Community Dining Room, Branford Food Pantry, BHcare (Clothing Bank) and Friends of Blackstone Library in the town of Branford.  The agencies provide services to town residents and the town's underp...
To provide a continuum of services that supports health, independence, and dignity.  We build this continuum on the belief that a relationship-centered philosophy best sustains body, mind, and spirit.  
The Diaper Bank's Mission Statement is threefold in scope: to ensure that all families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers; to raise community awareness that "basic human needs" include diapers but that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty; and to advocate for pol...
To serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence.
Life Haven is a temporary homeless shelter for pregnant and parenting mothers.  The program provides opportunity to access housing and services in an effort to stabilize the family and provide a long term solution to homelessness.  
To provide food, shelter and support services to people in need  and to foster and influence long term solutions to those needs. All of our energies are devoted to helping our clients establish a self-sufficient living situation.  We recognize the dignity of our clients, give them our respect and deliver our services wit...
To alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford area through shelter, support services, advocacy and community education in partnership with the faith-based community and in collaboration with public and private organizations.
Liberty Community Services, Inc., founded in 1987, strives to end homelessness in greater New Haven. We offer services to people who live with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and addiction and we help people achieve permanent housing in the community.
Capital for Change's (C4C) is the successor organization to the former (Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund) with a mission is to provide flexible, creative and responsive financial products and services to benefit low and moderate income persons, and minority and otherwise disadvantaged individuals, businesses and communities. The vis...
The mission of the Community Dining Room (CDR) is to end hunger and isolation with food, fellowship, referrals and education.
New Reach inspires independence for those affected by homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing and support using the most innovative and progressive methods.
To strengthen neighborhoods by developing quality, affordable homes and supporting community building initiatives.
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.
FISH - Food In Service to the HomeboundFISH delivers hope and groceries to the homebound.  FISH is the only food pantry in the New Haven area that delivers groceries directly to its clients' homes every month.  FISH delivers ...
The Salvation Army's mission is to meet basic human needs without discrimination and its ministry is motivated by the love of God. The Salvation Army's goal is to help individuals and families deal with the many challenges they face in their daily lives through social, educational, emotional and spiritual development. Every program and service i...
The Salvation Army's mission is to meet basic human needs without discrimination and its ministry is motivated by the love of God. The Salvation Army's goal is to help individuals and families deal with the many challenges they face in their daily lives through social, educational, emotional and spiritual development. Every program and service i...
The Salvation Army's mission is to meet basic human needs without discrimination and its ministry is motivated by the love of God. The Salvation Army's goal is to help individuals and families deal with the many challenges they face in their daily lives through social, educational, emotional and spiritual development. Every program and service i...
The Salvation Army's mission is to meet basic human needs without discrimination and its ministry is motivated by the love of God. The Salvation Army's goal is to help individuals and families deal with the many challenges they face in their daily lives through social, educational, emotional, and spiritual development. Every program and servi...
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
To serve people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.
The Connection's mission is Building Safe, Healthy, Caring Communities and Inspiring People to Reach Their Full Potential as Productive and Valued Citizens. We carry out our mission by providing programs in three primary service areas: Behavioral Health, Family Support Services, and Community Justice.  Each month 7,000 C...
To advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities.
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...
The Connecticut Association for Human Services improves opportunity and prosperity for Connecticut's children and families by shaping policies and programs that significantly and measurably reduce poverty and promote a secure future.  We are inspired by a belief in shared prosperity and the vision of a C...
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...
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with members and communities throughout the state, creates change through leadership, advocacy, and building the capacity of members and the field to respond to environmental challenges. Our collective mission is to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.
End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is a statewide anti-hunger and food security policy organization dedicated to ending hunger beyond emergency food and promoting healthy nutrition in Connecticut. Our mission is to eliminate hunger in the state through legislative and administrative advocacy, outreach and public education. 
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 Connecticut Food Bank is to provide nutritious food to people in need. We do this by supplying food products to our member agencies, as well as through direct food distribution programs and by promoting public awareness about the problem of hunger.
The mission of Christ Episcopal Church is to share the love of Christ through out worship, ministry, and fellowship. In addition to our outreach ministry through our Missions & Social Concerns Committee, Christ Episcopal Church is the fiscal sponsor for the Kathleen C. B. Samela Memorial Food Bank which provides meals for the most ...
Master's Table Community Meals' mission is to provide a monthly meal to the homeless, near homeless, veterans, low to moderate income families and individuals. Our goal is to reduce food insecurity. Our Mission Statement:A place where all are welcome and treated with respect & kindness. To offer food, ho...
To provide orphans and other at risk children, around the globe and here in Connecticut, with proper healthcare, nutrition and wellness treatments that would otherwise be unavailable.