Hunger and Homelessness in New Haven
The city of New Haven has a population of 130,000. Connecticut population is 3.5 million and half a million state residents rely on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) every month to provide needed food. Food insecurity, defined as no consistent access to healthy food, affects 13.9% of Connecticut residents, but the food insecurity rate in New Haven is 22%-- twice the national average.
Current state and federal budget cuts continue to put hunger prevention programs at risk, and YHHAP provides lifeblood to established food banks and soup kitchens by delivering left over food from both Yale’s cafeterias and participating local restaurants.
Nearly 4,000 people in Connecticut were identified by the 2016 Point in Time Count as homeless or at risk of homelessness. The homeless population includes single men and women, and families with children. The homeless have varied and complicated stories, but they include victims of domestic violence, the mentally or physically ill, and veterans. Minorities are disproportionately represented on the streets and in the waiting lines for shelters. (Connecticut Point in Time Count).
YHHAP helps combat New Haven homelessness and hunger through our diverse and innovative programs (see the "project wheel" on the menu), including clothing closets, food rescue services, case management, employment opportunities, and more. Come join us in serving those with less.