NEW HAVEN, CT -- Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine has awarded $274,000 to area nonprofits, giving them much-needed funding to help Greater New Haven households meet emergency food and shelter needs.
More than a dozen agencies, serving the New Haven area and Shoreline towns, received funding through the program. In all, $190,000 was disbursed for emergency housing programs and $84,000 was given out for emergency food programs.
“Thanks to generous donors who made these grants possible, agencies throughout the region will be able to extend a lifeline to individuals and families in crisis,” said United Way President and CEO Jack Healy. “There is tremendous need in our community, with many still struggling to make ends meet, and these funds provide nonprofits the critical support they need to connect people to food and housing services.”
Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine, a partnership between United Way of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, was created at the height of the financial crisis to allow agencies and organizations to help people meet emergency needs, and to provide the footing for longer-term financial security. Funds are generated by individual donors and distributed through a competitive application process open to qualifying nonprofits, faith organizations and municipalities.
“Analysts have declared an end to the recession. Try telling that to your unemployed neighbors, to those who are hungry and without adequate shelter,” said Sydney A. Perry, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. “Yes, the Dow is rising and the job growth appears promising, yet many are still sending out resumes, have no savings, and are in danger of losing their homes. For too many, the situation is urgent – and so is the response of Neighbor-to-Neighbor Lifeline.”
This year’s food pantry and soup kitchen recipients are: Beulah Heights, Catholic Charities/Centro San Jose, Christian Community Action Inc., Community Action Agency of New Haven, Community Dining Room Inc., Community Soup Kitchen, FISH of Greater New Haven Inc., Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), Jewish Family Service, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.
This year’s housing grant recipients, including shelters and rapid re-housing programs, are: Christian Community Action, Columbus House and New Haven Home Recovery.
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