Affordable Housing Development

In October 1982, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven acquired a dilapidated house on Edgewood Avenue for rehabilitation and sale to a low-income first-time homebuyer. Twenty-eight years later, NHS is still acquiring vacant and abandoned houses and rehabilitating them as beautifully restored residences for our clients. To date we have rehabilitated or constructed more than 225 houses, each of which has provided a new homeowner with an outstanding homeownership experience. NHS is aware that many of our homebuyers will be on tight budgets after they have purchased their homes. We recognize that most will not have sufficient discretionary income to pay for costly repairs. As a result, we replace mechanical systems that could be prone to failure in the near future. Most of the houses NHS rehabilitates for sale to new homeowners have new plumbing and electrical systems, new roofs, new windows, full insulation, new kitchens and bathrooms, new floor coverings, and new appliances. Rehabilitation of the housing stock in our neighborhoods helps NHS to achieve two important goals simultaneously: providing affordable homeownership to low- and moderate-income families, and helping to stabilize a neighborhood that was formerly plagued by blighted properties. Homeownership gives families an investment in the community that motivates long-term involvement in efforts that strengthen neighborhoods.