Who we are

We are a results driven, high performance organization focused on providing assistance to families as well as ending long term generational poverty.

Our mission

The Community Action Agency of New Haven offers Pathways to Prosperity to those in poverty in the Greater New Haven area through: SERVICE, COLLABORATION, ADVOCACY, & KNOWLEDGE GENERATION

Community Action promise

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.


We provide case management services as well as other direct services. Clients benefit from: S.M.A.R.T. Women (Single Mothers Actively Reaching the Top) Energy  Assistance (Matching Payment Plan, Operation Fuel, Homebound Service), Financial Literacy, job readiness,  food pantry, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Diaper Bank,  Passport Transitional Services (PTS Homeless Hub, Youth Empowerment Pathways, YEP- Youth ages 15-17), Aging with G.R.A.C.E. (Mature Adults 60+), Father F.A.C.T.O.R, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).


We work across sectors with our partners: municipalities, non-profit and for-profit organizations to provide collaborative services that meet our clients’ various needs.


We encourage low-income individuals to inform their elected officials of their position on poverty related issues in conjunction with CAANH.

Knowledge Generation

We support and collaborate with research institutions and other entities to obtain more in-depth knowledge about poverty and in determining the most successful strategies for leading people out of poverty.