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Building Affordable Housing and Stabilizing Neighborhoods Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven has a long history of reversing blight and stabilizing neighborhoods as it builds and renovates homes for low-income families. Its work has focused on people with specific barriers, including veterans and people with histories of incarceration. In a recent trend, it is also providing home ownership opportunities to Greater New Haven’s newest residents.
The nonprofit has seen increasing numbers of applications coming from refugees, who now comprise 30 percent of its home ownership program. The organization attributes the increase, in part, to its strong partnership with IRIS, the New Haven-based refugee agency. While a majority of refugee applicants to Habitat are from African nations, an increasing number are from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. Continue reading.