Neighbor to Neighbor

We love our neighbors and we know you do too.

That's why Neighbor to Neighbor was launched in 2009 as a community effort to meet the increased need in Greater New Haven as a result of the economic downturn. It was envisioned as a tangible, doable way neighbors could help their neighbors who were struggling to provide the basics for their families.  

Over the past eight years, Neighbor to Neighbor has invested $3.5 million in our region to help address hunger and homelessness.  These dollars have resulted in:

  • 1,367,212 million additional meals served to children and adults

  • 5,284 individuals receiving emergency shelter or housing services to prevent homelessness

  • 992 individuals receiving emergency heating, medical, and other assistance

  • A total of over 20,000 people received services to help them avert or pull-out of a crisis.

Economic data show that the downturn has ended.  However, the current rate of economic growth is slow, and the growth that has occurred has been distributed unequally.  Lower-income families continue to feel the pinch of the recession, with little wage growth and a precarious financial situation.  

  • 1 in 5 residents of our region reported not having enough money to buy food. In New Haven, it’s 1 in 3 residents (source: Greater New Haven Community Index, Datahaven)

  • 43% of food insecure households are likely ineligible for nutrition programs (such as food stamps or free/reduced price school lunches) and must rely on charitable assistance to feed their families (source: Feeding America).

  • 4=23% of households in Greater New Haven are housing cost-burdened, paying more than 30% of their total income on rent. 30% are severely cost-burdened, paying more than 50% of income on housing (source: Greater New Haven Community Index, Datahaven).

  • 45% of people living in New Haven County live in poverty or don’t earn enough to meet a basic, survival budget (source: CT ALICE Report, 2016).

  • A family would need to earn $36.86/hour to have enough income to meet a survival budget for two parents and two young children.  That’s over 360% more than the CT minimum wage (source: CT ALICE Report, 2016).

There is still a tremendous need for more services to address hunger and homelessness in our region, which is the focus of Neighbor to Neighbor.  


Created: January 11, 2016 - 1:37pm
-- Updated: March 8, 2017 - 7:20pm