The NHFA uses social work knowledge and skills, and evidence-based research as a foundation of comprehensive, community case management. The NHFA has proved highly effective in meeting the needs of over 4,000 very low income inner city children and their families. The neighborhoods where these children live have the highest rates of unemployment for males over 16; the highest levels of female headed households with children living below the poverty level; clustering of blighted properties; highest crime rates and the largest concentration of African-American and Hispanic families in New Haven.
The NHFA has a successful twenty year history of providing in-home, strength based, family focused programs designed to improve parent/child relationships, prevent out of home placement of children whenever possible, divert children away from the juvenile justice system, prevention and reduce youth gun violence, and support the successful transition of both youthful and adult offenders back into the community. These programs provide an array of clinical and concrete services including parent education and skill building aimed at enhancing parental ability to understand and meet the needs of their children. The NHFA programs address the need to be actively involved in neighborhood and community improvement efforts. The most effective interventions with families and children sustain the healthy functioning of families by engaging neighborhoods and communities in partnerships to protect children.
We promote attentive and nurturing parenting, parents' psychological health and personal development and we address the structural barriers poor people and particularly poor people of color face as they strive to be fully engaged citizens. We believe that healthy families are the foundation of a healthy community.
The NHFA Approach
The Alliance has developed longstanding collaborations with the New Haven Public School system; we are in the tenth year of a partnership with the Yale Child Study Center; for 12 years the Male Involvement Network has sustained a strong network of over twenty-five providers, stakeholders institutional representatives and fathers committed to active nurturing involvement in the lives of children.