From her office window, Barbara J. Tinney can see Monterey Place, a pastel cluster of mixed-income townhouses on the site of the housing project where she lived as a child.
Elm Haven, it was named. A complex of lower- and higher-rise apartments, it was torn down in the early ’90s, by which time disrepair and crime had made it virtually unlivable. But Tinney lived there in the ’50s and ’60s and has warm memories.
“Adults knew all the children. We knew all the adults,” she says. “We were not materially rich… but more importantly we had a community.” After Tinney moved away from the projects, the poverty remained but the community she remembers was gradually corroded with drug use and crime. “As we moved forward, we moved away. We moved away from our collective sense of responsibility for each other. We’ve lost our bearings.”
Tinney’s spent the last 19 years trying to regain them as the executive director of the New Haven Family Alliance, a 25-year-old organization founded around the time Elm Haven was demolished. Working towards the sort of nurturing family and tight-knit community Tinney remembers having as a child, NHFA operates in neighborhoods all across the city with a blend of four on- and off-site family-building programs.
Joseph Vidro said he learned how to be a dynamic dad from his own father, and he tries to live up that example with his own three kids.
“I learned about being resourceful from him and the things he did to provide for his family,” said Vidro, shown with his 10-year-old daughter Aniaya.
New Haven dads like Vidro got to share with the world what it means to them to be dynamic dads thanks to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.
The clearinghouse, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance, partnered with 200 barbershops and community partners around the country to launch the Fatherhood Buzz Dynamic Dads initiative the Saturday before last.
Violence is not just a problem for the people who experience it directly. Like a rock thrown in a lake, violence has a ripple effect that touches an entire community. And it will take the efforts of all of New Haven to challenge a culture that promotes violence, particularly among young people.
That’s the message that more than a hundred people who packed out the Long Wharf Theatre got Thursday night at a community discussion on violence put on by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The event was held in partnership with Long Wharf Theatre, coinciding with the production of brownsville song (b-side for tray), which runs through April 19.
New Haven is home to nearly 400 not-for-profits generating $700 million in annual revenue. Throw in Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the revenue grows to $7 billion.
Yet the city still struggles to make progress on the issues these groups address: jobs, education, crime and poverty.
More than 60 people immersed in the city’s not-for-profit world broke bread and began talking about how to work together to make better use of all that money and the resources they generate—including a new batch of poverty-targeting money coming into New Haven.
The conversation took place Tuesday night at Immanuel Baptist Church at Chapel and Day streets.
On December 13th the Newhallville Community Resilience Team (NCRT) held its third Community Conversation. The dignitaries who joined the conversation held at ConnCAT were impressive: State Representative Robyn Porter; Alder Delphine Clyburn; Jason Bartlett, New Haven’s Youth Department; Barbara Tinney, New Haven Family Alliance; Gemma Joseph Lumpkin, NH Board of Education; Stephen Cremin-Endes, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven; Erik Clemons, ConnCAT; Carley Riley and Brita Roy, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Yale; and NHPD Chief Dean Esserman.
Serena Neal-Sanjurjo had a sense of déjà vu as she joined 26 other job-creation and anti-poverty workers in racing toward a deadline to convince the federal government to give New Haven a boost in helping the poor.
Neal-Sanjurjo led one of three groups in a City Hall meeting room Wednesday afternoon honing aspects of an application—due Nov. 21—to have the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) declare much of New Haven (most neighborhoods outside Westville, East Rock, and downtown) a “Promise Zone.”
HUD is designating those zones in 15 cities by 2016. Winning cities get a leg up in qualifying for 35 federal grant programs; AmeriCorps volunteers; tax incentives to lure businesses (assuming Congress OKs the money); and “help in addressing federal regulatory or other barriers.” Besides Wednesday’s meeting, organizers are inviting the public to participate in the process by attending a session Thursday night at 6 at City Hall (165 Church St., 5th floor conference room) and/or filling out this online survey (Spanish version here).
From the community The Consultation Center at Yale University and Citywide Youth Coalition were honored September 26
October 07, 2014
On September 26, The Consultation Center at Yale University and Citywide Youth Coalition were honored for their support over the past 20 years to the Youth Development Training and Resource Center (YDTRC). YDTRC is a nonprofit organization that serves as an intermediary to assist youth programs, local youth-serving networks, and funders of youth agencies throughout Connecticut. This event marks the first of several that will celebrate YDTRC's 20th anniversary and 20 year commitment to staying the course, and supporting diverse community programs and youth who need it the most across the state.
Town of Hamden and New Haven Family Alliance, Inc. Announces Hamden Juvenile Review Board
August 05, 2011
The Town of Hamden announces the establishment of a new Hamden Juvenile Review Board (JRB). The Hamden JRB is a collaborative effort organized under the auspices of New Haven Family Alliance, Inc. (NHFA) and Hamden Youth Service Bureau, and funded by the Town of Hamden.