2018 Annual Appeal

Our Annual Appeal is going on now! Please consider making a gift this year to support our home building projects in New Haven. Through your generosity, we can partner with more families next year and continue building affordable housing in New Haven. You can see your gift in action in 2019 with our first project of the year on Peck Street in New Haven. Volunteering on the work site and attending the dedication at the completion of the project are great ways to see the benefit of your of your donation. To learn about one family’s journey to home ownership with Habitat please read our annual appeal letter. Thank you in advance for your support.

The Rivera Family in front of their new home.

Sleeping Giant Build Receives Gift from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal

Sleeping Giant Build, a community build under Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, has been fortunate to receive donations for several years from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal in the Archdiocese of Hartford. This fall, they received a donation of $10,000, the largest donation to date. Sleeping Giant Chair Arnie Cary and Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven Board Member Don Deloge accepted the donation from Archbishop Leonard P. Blair at a ceremony this past September. Funds are distributed from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal based on recommendations from local parishes. Clergy at Divine Mecy Parish in Hamden have submitted Sleeping Giant Build for several years. Sleeping Giant Build used these funds as part of their sponsorship of 55 Redfield Street, the Hickman family’s home, which was dedicated in October. Thank you to Divine Mercy Parish and the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for helping to fund Sleeping Giant Build’s tenth Habitat home!

Dedication of 55 Redfield Street, New Haven

You are invited to the dedication of the Hickman Family home! The dedication will take place on Saturday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. at 55 Redfield Street in New Haven. We will ‘pass the hammer’ to our newest homeowner as we celebrate the completion of this project and the start of a new journey for this family.
Special thanks to Sleeping Giant Build for sponsoring this project and to all of the volunteers and donors who help further our mission of providing safe, affordable housing in the New Haven community.

Members of the Hickman Family are putting the final touches on the home’s landscaping. They are ready to move in!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven receives Neighborhood Stabilization and Revitalization Grant from the Avangrid Foundation

Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with local subsidiaries United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas, has recognized Habitat for Humanity as a 2018-2019 Neighborhood Revitalization Partner. A generous grant of $20,000 has been awarded to continue the stabilization and revitalization of neighborhoods in New Haven. The grant will help to fund this work through 2019.


“We’re excited to partner with Avangrid Foundation and thankful for their support,” said Bill Casey, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven. “This partnership will help us to further our stabilization and revitalization efforts in the Hill and Fair Haven neighborhoods. We look forward to working alongside Avangrid Foundation and their partners in these communities.”


The Avangrid Foundation is committed to sustainable human and local development  in the communities in which our partners operate as an effort to reduce poverty and enrich the vitality of the places we call home,” said Director, Nicole Licata Grant. “Supporting affordable home ownership, neighborhood revitalization and deep community engagement are important tenants of that commitment both here in CT and across the country


Volunteers from Avangrid have already joined the efforts by helping at a recent project in the Hill neighborhood. These volunteers helped install kitchen cabinets and painted the interior of the home on Redfield Street that is scheduled to be completed this fall. This single family home joins many others homes completed in the Hill neighborhood.


United Illuminating, now a subsidiary of AVANGRID, was one of the earliest supporters of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven. As far back as the late 1980s, the company began donating to the building program and sending teams of volunteers to the housing sites. We work together to improve the neighborhoods where we live and work.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven

Founded in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing through the creation of homeownership opportunities for low-income, working families.  Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes in New Haven County with the goal of creating safe, affordable homes that add to the revitalization of city neighborhoods.  Habitat accomplishes its mission by partnering with individuals, religious and civic organizations, local businesses and corporations.  Habitat sells its homes to partner families at no-profit, via 25-year, 0%-interest mortgages.  For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, visit their website at www.habitatgnh.org.


About Avangrid Foundation

The Avangrid Foundation is an independent organization that funds philanthropic investments primarily in areas where AVANGRID and its subsidiaries operate.  For more information, please visit the Avangrid Foundation section of our website: www.avangrid.com.

Volunteers Needed on October 6: Head of the Housatonic Regatta

We will once again be managing the parking at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta and collecting donations from all attendees to support our home building projects! The event takes place on Saturday, October 6 and there are three, 3-hour volunteer shifts beginning at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, collect donations, and offer information to attendees. The parking takes place at 2 Corporate Drive in Shelton and the regatta takes place at Indian Well State Park, both in Shelton. Following their shift all volunteers are invited to take the shuttle bus to the regatta to see what all the excitement is about! This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for individuals and groups. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. To sign up now please log into VolunteerUp. For more information please contact Allison Mangles, Volunteer Coordinator, at amangles@habitatgnh.org or (203) 785-0794 ext. 110. We hope to see you at the regatta!

Volunteers collecting parking donations at the 2017 Head of the Housatonic Regatta.

Parking Lot Sales Dates Announced at the ReStore

Our last summer sale has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, August 15!

Through a generous donation from a local furniture chain we are planning to hold three parking lot sales at our ReStore this summer! New and gently used furniture will be unloaded from a tractor trailer right in the parking lot on each day and everything must go! The sales, which are weather dependent, are scheduled on  June 30, July 21, and August 9 (rescheduled to August 15) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The ReStore, located at 286 South Colony Road, will be open for regular business on these days, too, so stop by to shop for everything from furniture, to lighting, to home decor and cabinetry. You never know what you will find but the selection is different every time!

Dedication of 45 and 47 Vernon Street: July 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate on Vernon Street with the Rivera and Bracero-Vazquez families! Their new homes will be dedicated at a ceremony on July 5 at 4:30 p.m. Special thanks to Yale New Haven Hospital for sponsoring both of these homes and the all of the volunteers and supporters who made this build possible. In a week filled with festivities we hope to see you on Vernon Street!

Students from Guilford High School helped out at 47 Vernon Street in June. 45 Vernon Street will also be dedicated on July 5!

Vote for us at Blue State Coffee through June 30

Blue State Coffee’s 276 York Street location in New Haven has selected Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven as one of four non-profit organizations they currently support. Between now and June 30, everyone who makes a purchase will receive a wooden coin to drop in the bucket of the non-profit of their choice. If you are in the area please stop by and support us with your vote! It may seem like a wooden coin is not worth much but there is a lot of power behind your vote. Blue State Coffee will divide their donations based on the percentage of total votes each non-profit receives. Thanks to all of you for voting and thanks to Blue State Coffee for this opportunity.

Employees from Blue State Coffee with homeowner Jose on the work site at Vernon Street.

Join us as a ReStore Volunteer!

Do you want to support Habitat’s work in a unique way? Volunteering at our ReStore is a great way to do it!

The Habitat Restore sells gently used and new items for the home including furniture, appliances, lighting, tools, cabinets, vanities, sinks, and much more. An ever changing selection of small decor and entertainment items are also available. All funds raised through sales at the ReStore go toward our organization’s home building and restoration projects.

ReStore volunteers perform a variety of tasks including assisting customers, arranging floor displays, cleaning, and general store upkeep. It is helpful if volunteers are physically able to assist in lifting furniture but it is not mandatory.  Volunteering at the ReStore is a great way to meet new people, see all of the treasures that arrive at the store multiple times per week, and help make home ownership a reality for the families who partner with Habitat. This is also a great opportunity for high school and college students who would like to earn community service hours.

ReStore hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday.  We can accommodate two volunteers per shift so feel free to volunteer with a friend or family member or help out on your own. Sign up on VolunteerUp or contact Allison Mangles, Volunteer Coordinator, at amangles@habitatgnh.org or (203) 785-0794 ext. 110 for more information.

The ReStore is located at 286 South Colony Road in Wallingford.

Groundbreaking at 55 Redfield Street, New Haven: June 16, 2018

You are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hickman family’s home!
We will gather on Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. with homeowner Tameca, her children, friends, and family to kick-off this new home building project. This is a current picture of the lot but in a few short months we plan to add a beautiful home to this neighborhood. Special thanks to our community build, Sleeping Giant Build, for sponsoring this house. We hope to see you there!