New Haven homeless shelters do not have the capacity to admit everyone seeking shelter. Every winter, even with shelters taking in more clients than normal capacity allows, men are still turned away.
In 2009, Columbus House and a group of 16 churches and synagogues in New Haven and the suburbs decided to address this problem through a program called Abraham’s Tent. Congregations volunteer to provide meals and overnight shelter to 12 homeless men from Columbus House for the duration of their week — alleviating overcrowding in the shelters and demonstrating support for the homeless members of our communities. YHHAP members began volunteering with Abraham’s Tent in 2011, and the Board hosts one week each February in partnership with First & Summerfield United Methodist Church.
Email the YHHAP Coordinators for more information.