New Haven Housing Fund

At A Glance

Location: 

New Haven, Connecticut

Primary Issue Area:

  • Living Economies

Active since:

2021

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Our Purpose

New Haven Housing Fund is a strategy to allow for bulk purchasing and wide distribution of supplies to fill in gaps within existing services and have been requested directly by individuals living on the street, as well as those who are unstably or recently housed. We are housed individuals working to gather, purchase, and distribute survival gear to assist folks with covering enough bases by meeting these requests so that individuals can focus on their own projects and plans. All supplies are based off direct requests and are distributed through regular mobile and site-based outreach at least six days a week. In the near future, we are hoping to provide the physical space and materials so that folks can organize a truly peer-led homeless union, users’ union, anti-eviction teams, and street papers, as many have been discussing here in New Haven. We are also working to fundraise in order to more consistently meet requests for security deposit/rental assistance for those who aren’t eligible for existing programs; regular cash stipends for folks on the street for frequently uncompensated outreach and organizing work; cover citations related to the overt or covert criminalization of folks of color, poverty, substance use, sex work, queer and/or trans identities, and homelessness; cover bail; emergency transportation and hotel stays during crises. We also raise awareness on the housing crisis and build platforms for unhoused folks to express their art.