Contact: Life Haven
447 Ferry Street
New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: (203) 776-6208
Fax: (203) 777-5949
Life Haven serves 20 families at a time. Over 150 families are sheltered annually, including 250 children. Most families come to the shelter after being evicted by landlords or family members. Evictions result from family break-ups, disasters, living expenses exceeding income, domestic violence and other reasons.
Life Haven Inc was incorporated in 1983 to provide services to homeless women with children. In 1992 the organization established a 20 unit temporary shelter. In 2004 the agency created a childcare center for children 0 to 6 years of age through a three year grant from SAMSHA. The following year the agency received its childcare license from the State of Connecticut. The third year the childcare center is to begin the National Accreditation process.
Life Haven is funded by the State of Connecticut, City of New Haven, and Federal government. In addition Life Haven applies to private foundations, corporation and individuals for funding.
Life Haven provides twenty units of residential shelter for homeless women and children from throughout the Greater New Haven area.
The families who seek shelter at Life Haven are in a crisis moment in their lives. They come to Life Haven having lost the stable base that comes from having your own home or apartment. Their needs are tremendous. Many are experiencing homelessness for the first time; others have repeatedly lost and re-gained housing, only to lose it again. Of the homeless families Life Haven currently shelters, 40% have been homeless before. The women and children at Life Haven are experiencing a traumatic loss and with that loss are experiencing behavioral and social difficulties. Life Haven provides a respite by offering a whole array of services from job search, behavioral health services, to offering a healthy meal and childcare to their children.. It is the mission of the excellent staff at Life Haven to take proactive steps with the families in order to break the cycle of homelessness.
Life Haven Inc., a nonprofit organization is dedicated to temporarily housing homeless pregnant women and women with young children. The Life Haven shelter provides 40 beds (20 units) to women and children for and average of 60 days each. During their stay the shelter is committed to assisting children and their families to develop skills that will enable them to live independently and achieve success. We remain deeply committed to ending homelessness one family at a time.
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