Founded in 1974, YHHAP is a Dwight Hall organization run and staffed entirely by student volunteers. At the core of our work are ten service projects, which range from a weekly soup kitchen to a case management agency providing assistance with housing and employment. The YHHAP Board runs an additional five projects, which address homelessness on an institutional level. Our board projects range from a fundraising campaign to protect vital shelters in our city to an education program that inspires groups of young people from throughout the New Haven region to become involved in homelessness work. As the center of homelessness work at Yale, YHHAP maintains strong working partnerships with several incredible non-profits in New Haven, and has a seat on the Mayor’s Homeless Advisory Commission.
KeepSafe operates as storage for people in housing transition every Saturday. Hunger Heroes serves reclaimed food from dining halls to homeless men and women every Friday and Saturday. VITA helps community members file taxes and claim refunds 4 days a week from January to April. Kitchen to Kitchen picks up food from dining halls and takes to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen four days a week. Project Homeless Connect organizes a service fair for the homeless once this semester. The Clothing Closet collected clothes for donation and donated them to the clothing closet at St Paul and St James church. The YHHAP fast is coordinated and raises money for the Rapid Rehousing Project. We coordinate with a local church to provide volunteers for six nights of Abraham’s Tent. The Book Exchange collects donated materials and resells them to students for a low price to raise money for YHHAP.