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
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
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William P. Casey
Board Chair John Parese
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parrett, Porto, Parese, & Colwell, PC
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
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.   
This year, the organization will celebrate its 34th year anniversary. Throughout the years, the staff, volunteers and Habitat homeowners have remained committed to stabilizing and rebuilding neighborhoods and combating the problem of poverty housing and blighted streets. Habitat's program gives low-income families the opportunity to make significant and permanent changes in their lives. The adults in the family help build their future home and when it is complete, their monthly mortgage payment (25-year mortgage, held by Habitat) is approximately $750 a month, including taxes and insurance. Compare that with the average price of $1,300 for a two-bedroom rental in the New Haven area. Habitat homeowners are part of what we call "the working poor". All Habitat homeowners are employed, but they are earning 30-60% of the area median income and thus would not qualify for a traditional mortgage. Aside from the financial benefit of paying less and building equity in someone that is owned, there are other significant benefits. Building your own home, with support from the community, is a transformative experience for many Habitat homeowners. Not only do future homeowners learn valuable skills that they can use to help maintain their home, they also experience the joys of working alongside hundreds of volunteers who show up each day just to build side-by-side with them. The pride of building your own home is a powerful and rare thing. Very important to all Habitat homeowners, the children in the family grow up in a safe, well built, stable home that they can call their own. Habitat homeowners are first-time homeowners and it will be the first time that their children have a bedroom of their own and a yard to play in. Time and time again we hear how important it is to homeowners that their children feel the stability of "home" and their hopes that their home will be a positive launching pad for their children to enter into world as adults. 
1.) The organization built Habitat homes in Fair Haven and The Hill in 2019. The organization now has over 130 Habitat homes strategically placed throughout target  neighborhoods in the City of New Haven. 
2.) The organization increased its commitment to building environmentally friendly and storm resistant Habitat homes. The organization participates in the high level of the Energy Star program and each home built is tested and rated by an independent energy specialist. The organization also fully adopted a building program called Fortified. Under the Fortified Program, homes are built to withstand even major storms and hurricane force winds. Our organization became the model in the North East for the Fortified Program to demonstrate how it is possible to combine the building of affordable housing with responsible storm resistant techniques and materials. 
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 held to less than 12% of total expenditures. 
4.) The continued to operate its successful donation based retail store called "ReStore." The ReStore is located at 286 S. Colony Rd in Wallingford. 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.
5. The organization was named a four star charity (the highest rating) by Charity Navigator again in 2019.
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 construction crews and ReStore

4.  ReStore donations of gently used and new construction items, appliances, furniture and more! A pick up service is available for large items.
5. Donations of cars and other motorized vehicles (including boats) to the Cars for Homes Program. 
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 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 greater than $2,500,000 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 2,800 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 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
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
Our organization has a specific geographical area that it serves: New Haven County and the towns of Killingworth and Clinton.
With the support of constituents from our community, Habitat has built and gut rehabbed 120 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. Every Habitat home is designed by nationally know architect, Duo Dickinson, and the homes are designed to fit with the streetscape. Homes are modestly sized (typically 1,300 square feet), but with an open floor plan that gives them an larger feel.

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 2,700 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. 
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 23 years. He has 35 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. 
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 2800
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development & Volunteer Services
Title Finance Director
Title Construction Manager
Title Volunteer & Family Coordinator
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
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 
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2015
United Way of Greater New Haven2015
Leveraging AwardConnecticut Community Development Association (CCDA)2008
Board Chair
John Parese
Company Affiliation Parrett, Porto, Parese, & Colwell, PC
Term Jan 2020 to Dec 2022
Board of Directors
Tim Carney
Don Deloge
Michel Duchene
Simon EtzelKBE Building Corporation
Michael Holmes
Charles LindbergKnights of Columbs
Al Lorie
Pat Luddy
Rosemary McGovern
The Reverand Scott Morrow
Katie Murphy
Len Suzio
Debra Watson
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
William Colwell
Tom DiBlasi
Duo Dickinson
Mark Franklin
Robert Lyons, Jr
David Moulton
Michael Weiner
CEO Comments
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2020
Projected Revenue $2,348,940.00
Projected Expenses $2,315,941.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
Habitat Family Story2015View
Family Selection Policy & Criteria2015View
History of the affiliate2012View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$4,549,928$4,517,034$4,297,253
Current Assets$2,500,435$2,288,896$2,256,251
Long-Term Liabilities$2,001,277$1,997,164$1,979,481
Current Liabilities$106,223$209,147$148,802
Total Net Assets$2,442,428$2,310,723$2,168,970
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCL&P DBA Eversource Energy $222,139Yale New Haven Hospital $192,600Yale New Haven Hospital $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Knights of Columbus $75,000Yale New Haven Hospital $150,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --CLP DBA Eversource Energy $119,619
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 John Parese
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parrett, Porto, Parese, & Colwell, PC


Related Information

Meet Basic Needs

A strong community not only meets its members’ basic needs but also works to create long-term solutions to their problems. Provide people with affordable housing, enough to eat and access to affordable health care and you enable them to envision a better future for themselves.

Promote Civic Vitality

Greater New Haven’s vibrancy is linked to its communities’ support of its neighborhoods, public gardens and sports, as well as its commitment to the protection of its people and pets.