The YHHAP Blog

With our new website, YHHAP is proud to revitalize our blogging tradition. Affectionately known as "YHHAP-penings," the YHHAP Blog is one of the best ways to stay abreast of YHHAP's current work in New Haven, the activities of various YHHAP projects, and the status of hunger and homelessness issues more broadly. Yes, we are "YHHAP-hyped." Thank you in visiting our blog page. We join you in anticipation of many more posts to come.

September 24th, 2017

YHHAP and New Haven

Last week, a team of YHHAP volunteers joined Jesse Hardy's Outreach Project at JHOP's 6th Annual Extravagant Cookout for the Homeless, hosted at Goffe Street Park. Throughout the day, dozens of volunteers streamed through and offered their assistance in serving, cooking, and organizing donations. Clothes of every size, pattern and color were piled high on five rows of tables. Books, housing appliances and basic food items were offered to attendees as well. Along with hot dogs and hamburgers, YHHAP volunteers helped serve pulled pork, chicken and ribs. Donors from around the community offered money, time and supplies to the effort. 

JHOP's Cookout is one of many other events that the organization puts together throughout the year. Jesse Hardy, who is formerly homeless himself, devotes his time to improving the lives of the transient community in New Haven. In the spring, he hosts Operation Love Affair with his team of volunteers. The event focuses on helping the community transition out of winter by donating heavy winter coats in favor for lighter attire. When he's not donating his time to the community, Jesse runs a food truck called Jesse's BBQ where he serves up delicious, Southern-inspired foods. YHHAP also donated $200 to the effort along with books, acquired through fellow local nonprofit New Haven Reads.

-Annie Cheng, YHHAP Community Chair


August 29th, 2017

New Beginnings

Welcome back all YHHAPers, new and old! We’re looking forward to the start of the semester and have been working hard all summer. We’ve updated our website with the most current information, so please explore the new site! Additionally, thanks to Jason Hu (BK ’19), we’ll be rolling out a new logo design on YHHAP shirts and materials moving forward in the semester!

Our weekly projects will be back in full swing starting next week. Some have been operating all summer, such as Restaurant Rescue Project, a project started last spring by current sophomore Annie Cheng (ES ’20). Most will be resuming soon. If you are interested in joining any of these projects, please email We are especially looking for new members to join our Kitchen to Kitchen team! This is an impactful but low time commitment project through which volunteers salvage leftovers from Yale Dining to be donated to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.

We have a lot on the horizon for this semester and many new ideas to be brought to fruition. Look out for our speaker series that will bring pioneers in fields such as healthcare, policy, and economics to our campus to speak about their work with homeless populations. We are also excited to be connecting with groups at other universities to put on a conference bringing together student leaders interested in homeless advocacy work.

Our unstoppable planning committee for the Youth Shelter is working hard to make sure the shelter will be well equipped to address the most important needs of New Haven’s homeless youth population. Lastly, we’re very excited to be a part of an event called PAWS (Poverty Alleviation through Washing Soles) hosted by Ashton Gores, a second year student at the School of Public Health. Ashton was volunteering at The Neighborhood Health Project when she met a homeless man who asked her to examine his feet. Upon seeing his infected and swollen feet, she resolved to do more to address the overlooked issue of podiatric care in homeless populations. YHHAP was eager to help. We’ll be partnering up with student leaders from Yale’s Professional Schools, such as the School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Divinity School, and School of Forestry and Environmental to help make this event happen. Stay tuned for more information on the event and how you can get involved!

Please be sure to come meet many of our board members and project heads to learn more about what we do at this Sunday’s Extracurricular Bazaar. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

-- The YHHAP Co-Coordinators