Greater New Haven Habitat for Humanity

Community-Based House Sponsor Groups

Habitat has two active house sponsor groups that operate in different areas of New Haven County. The groups include businesses,  religious congregations, civic organizations, schools and individuals who band together to partner in the building of houses for Habitat families. These partnerships are called “Builds”. The Builds support Habitat’s mission of building safe, decent, affordable homes by raising money in their communities, by encouraging community leadership and by providing the volunteers who actually build the homes. Habitat’s house sponsor groups are vital to our organization. We could not do what we do without their continued enthusiastic and generous support. Habitat currently has two Builds–Raise the Roof and Sleeping Giant Build.

Raise the Roof: Your Shoreline Habitat Connection, Habitat’s longest operating house sponsor group, draws its support from individuals, businesses, congregations, schools and civic organizations based in Madison, Guilford and the Shoreline. Formerly known as Madison Cares, Raise the Roof has sponsored thirteen homes for Habitat and work on the fourteenth will get underway in spring 2018! This project will be a rehab of an historic property on Lenox Street in New Haven.

Sleeping Giant Build is active in the Hamden-North Haven area. SGB dedicated their first house at 75 Hallock Street in New Haven in November 2008. In 2011 Sleeping Giant Build merged with Amity Cares, a former Habitat house sponsor group that was comprised of diverse groups from Westville, Orange, Bethany and Woodbridge. The group has completed three homes in Hamden, including one Veterans Build, and six homes in New Haven.  SGB will begin their tenth home in summer 2018 on Redfield Street in New Haven.

These partnerships or sponsorships of the building of specific houses for specific families are an example of why Habitat is able to say “We build communities…one house, one family at a time.” Previous theme builds were “Covenant Build,” “2011 Habitat-Lowe’s Women Build,” and the “Collegiate Build”.

Please visit the Raise the Roof and Sleeping Giant Build websites for information on activities and how you can become involved.


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