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The impact of climate change on human health is profound. As one of only a few such programs in the world, YSPH’s Center on Climate Change and Health (CCCH) ...
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Today we're going to learn about perhaps the best-known leader in the Civil Rights Era, Martin Luther King, Jr. From his rise to notoriety during the Montgom...
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Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
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Lee Cruz
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Community Outreach Director
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Early Childhood, Aging\Elderly Services, Youth, Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Career Assistance, Housing Assistance, Shelter, Health, Education, Adult Education, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Arts, Economic Development
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A Poem by Rabbi Irwin Keller

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America’s Mural Magic: How Street Art Can Transform Communities And Help Businesses

Posted on November 22, 2023 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Street art is no longer rejected as merely deleterious graffiti or vandalism, but rather, it can be the source of civic pride, public artistry, and outdoor engagement in cities across America. Strategically placed art—on the side of a business, under a bridge, on the exterior walls of a community center—not only helps with the beautification of a neighborhood, but also, it can be a return of investment for commerce...…


With CT shoreline flooding rising, officials turn to natural mitigation

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November 5, 2023

The Chittenden beachfront area. The marsh is inundated from Long Island Sound, which has also washed up sand and debris. Nearby houses are in increasing jeopardy of flooding. JAN ELLEN SPIEGEL…


6 Tiny Houses Built In Hill Backyard

Posted on October 25, 2023 at 3:58am 0 Comments

Just under a dozen tents have been cleared from a backyard homeless encampment on Rosette Street to make space for six new tiny homes,” the latest local experiment in providing emergency shelter to those most in need.

Those prefabricated houses, all under 100 square feet each, popped up this past weekend behind …


Opinion: In CT towns with more housing, lower property tax rates for all

Posted on October 18, 2023 at 11:10am 0 Comments

Towns in Connecticut that issue more permits for housing are not only bringing in residents and jobs and encouraging employers to locate there, but they are also delivering to their residents a lower rate of real property tax growth than towns which issue fewer permits... ;

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At 9:11am on October 11, 2023, Fatima Rojas said…

Thank you Lee! I added a profile picture. It is great to know that this community space exists!


At 11:07am on October 1, 2023, Barb Nangle said…

Thanks Lee!

At 8:42am on August 10, 2023, Barbara Fair said…

Thank you Lee for adding me as a friend of the community, which I am. It was great reconnecting and receiving so much great info. 

At 12:03pm on June 8, 2023, Donna Golden said…

You're my first GNHcommunity friend! Thank you for your generous support - much appreciated!

At 5:27am on April 17, 2023, Robbin Seipold said…

Lee - Thanks for reaching out!  This is a great resource for posting and receiving information on all good things in the gscia! (greatest small city in America!)

At 4:18am on November 7, 2022, Mary Buchanan said…

Thank you, Lee!

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At 3:25pm on August 19, 2021, Fay Williams said…

Thank you Sir, for such quick turnaround. Fay

At 4:04am on August 13, 2020, Sarah Lockery said…

Hi Lee,

Thanks for your welcome.  Rather than join the community as an individual, can The Children's Center of Hamden join?


At 9:53am on April 1, 2020, Ray Andrewsen said…

Hi there Lee. Glad to join with everyone in my new role as Director of Membership Services with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.


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An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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Kevin Hart’s Gran Coramino Tequila Teams Up with LISC for New Round of Grants to Fuel Growth for Black and Latinx Entrepreneurs

Being a successful entrepreneur is hard if you can’t dream big. That’s why LISC, Gran Coramino and Kevin Hart are teaming up again to offer $10,000 grants to help fuel small business growth for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs who face systemic obstacles to accessing capital.

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and LISC Award $1.275 Million to Upgrade Under-Resourced Community Sporting Spaces in 14 Cities and Towns

Every community deserves safe, quality sports facilities where youth and their families can play and socialize. Thanks to the Game On-Community Places to Play Initiative, a partnership of LISC and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, under-resourced neighborhoods in 14 cities and towns now have funding to improve their local youth sports facilities.

The Housing Challenges of Home-Based Child Care Providers

Family child care (FCC) or family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) educators and caregivers are often the most convenient option for many households, but rising housing costs are exacerbating financial hardship and survival for the critical workforce. In the blog that follows, the LISC Child Care & Early Learning team shares some of the immediate challenges for the child care workforce, particularly FCC and FFN, LISC resources that help to address some of these issues, and a spotlight on LISC Milwaukee as they develop affordable housing for educators in proximity to childcare centers throughout the city.

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