Ellen M. Gabrielle 1943 - 2019
A lifetime of Love and Service
So many in the greater New Haven community knew Ellen as a fierce long-time advocate and leader on the HIV/AIDS, housing and homelessness, and food insecurity front lines - she will be dearly missed. Ellen served as Development Director here at Liberty Community Services for many years, was one of the visionaries who founded the Sunrise Cafe, started Liberty's Project Style event and continued over the years to lead the charge each year in cultivating amazing donations for the event's auction.
Ellen felt the best way to honor her commitment to making a difference was through a donation to St. Mary's Church, New Haven, A Place to Nourish your Health (APNH), or the Liberty's Sunrise Cafe. Please also consider following her example by volunteering your time to these worthwhile organizations. Check our website or call 203-495-7600 for more information. Please note that your gift is for the Sunrise Cafe and in honor of Ellen.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing includes the financial and case management assistance necessary to end homelessness. This housing is accessed through the New Haven Coordinated Access Network (“CAN”) which begins when the person who is homeless calls 211. If selected the applicant pays 30% of his/her income for the rent. Our programs includes:
Safe Haven consists of 33 permanent studio housing units located on the third floor of 210 State Street in New Haven where services are available on-site.
Housing First/Safe Haven Scattered Sites
Safe Scattered Site Programs providing permanent residence for individuals who have been chronically homeless and are already clients of Liberty. Services include rental assistance, in-home and off-site supportive housing case management, individual counseling, and independent skill development and vocational referrals. Residents must be chronically homeless. It offers 35 units in the New Haven community. Client share of fees are 30% of his/her income.
Additional Permanent Housing
Liberty’s additional permanent housing includes the financial and case management assistance to end homelessness. The housing is accessed directly through Liberty and requires that the applicant be homeless and have a chronic health condition and pay 30% of income towards the rent. Our programs includes:
Independent Living Program (ILP)
ILP consists of 35 program slots in private apartments in the community. Clients choose his/her preferred apartment with a private landlord in a location determined by the client. Case management services are available at the Liberty office or in the home.
Cannon House consists of 18 units in shared suites in multi-family houses. It provides permanent housing for homeless people who are living with chronic illness.
Liberty provides Rapid Rehousing to single men and women who are literally homeless. The program involves short-term to medium term subsidies and case management. Subsidies are capped by a dollar and time limit with the intention that the tenant will afford independently a permanent unit after the assistance has ended. Client chooses his/her preferred apartment in a location determined by the client.
Safe Haven Day Program
Located at our Safe Haven facility, the Day Program provides lunch, access to showers, laundry, medical care, and groups for people who are in shelters and need a place to go during the day. The program is open Monday through Saturday. The program serves 120 people annually.
The Women’s Program provides services directed at meeting the specific needs of women who either are or have been homeless. The center has a private telephone, internet access, informational materials and the women are offered assistance to access employment and community resources. This program includes scheduled outside speakers and specialized groups lead by LCS staff.
Case Management Programs
Greater New Haven Behavioral Health Collaborative
This includes an outreach program for people who are homeless and need treatment and also housing program case management for 40 individuals in the community.
Liberty provides housing case management and connects with medical support for people who are homeless. Special focus on those leaving prison and includes efforts to develop medical homes.
Sunrise Café is a free breakfast program located at 57 Olive Street in downtown New Haven that is open 5 days a week. Guests receive a cooked breakfast and access to the community space from 7:30am to 10am. We serve 120-140 people on a daily basis.
The Sunday Brunch program serves the New Haven homeless community during the winter months. It serves healthy food to approximately 50 to 80 people who when they leave the shelters or the streets, have nowhere else to go because public buildings and social service agencies are closed on a Sunday.
RESPECT is a mobile work program that provides temporary jobs to people who are homeless with the goal of moving them to continued employment by the end of the program. The work involves beautification projects in New Haven. RESPECT was made possible through a grant from Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Alexion and The City of New Haven are instrumental partners in this project.
Income and Employment Services
An employment case manager provides assistance to Liberty permanent supportive housing program participants to increase their earned and other income.
Job Seekers' Assistance Blog
A regularly updated online resource that includes updated job postings, training programs, schools, resume writing guides and links to valuable sites and benefits to job seekers. http://libertycsjobs.blogspot.com/
HIV Testing and Prevention Services
Liberty offers free, confidential, rapid HIV testing six days a week and two evenings. Included in the prevention efforts are syringe exchange, PrEP education, linkage to care, free condoms and risk reduction counseling.
Shared & Affordable Housing Program
This program addresses housing needs of people who do not have rental subsidies, are not eligible for homeless services rental subsidies and who have income. The resources offered are matches with people of similar lifestyles to share multi-bedroom apartments. The Coordinator negotiates with landlords to include as many utilities as possible to make housing affordable. Additionally, the program provides training on fair housing, budgeting, conflict resolution, etc. People who participate in the program are able to be safely housed as they work to increase their income and build creditworthiness.
Library Social Services Office Hours
Liberty provides social service office hours six days per week at the New Haven Free Public Library. Liberty staff meet with seeking information on housing, re-entry services, employment, benefits, accessing medical or mental health care or any other issue the patron may have. Liberty staff have posted hours and the service is free.
Liberty provides grants for rental arrearage to prevent eviction and security deposits for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Who We Are
Jim Pettinelli - Executive Director
Eileen Krause - Chief Financial Officer
Nikki Besitko DeRenzo - Development Director
Michael Hall - Program Director
Silvia Moscariello - Program Director
Lydia Humbert- Program Director
Mike Campbell - Director of Property Management
Board of Directors
Krystn Wagner, MD, President
HIV and Infectious Disease Director, Fair Haven Community Health Center
James Travers, Past President
Bureau Chief - Transportation, Traffic & Parking, City of Stamford
Jeffrey Hudson, Vice President
Lead Trainer, Creative Computing
Johnny Scafidi, Secretary
Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Dwight Hall at Yale University
Ahmed Sarhan, Treasurer
Financial Analyst, Yale University Investments Office
Chelsea Castiglioni, Esq.
Litigation Attorney at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C.
Director of Social Work, Yale New Haven Hospital
Winfield Davis IV
Executive Director, Town Green Special Services District
Wendell Harp, Jr.
President, Abacus Property Management
President, Mascola Group
Senior Director, Customer Care, UIL Holdings Corporation
Liberty was founded by volunteers in 1987 as Connecticut AIDS Residence Program (CARP) to house individuals with AIDS who had been
isolated from society. In the 1990s, as HIV/AIDS evolved into a chronic condition, we changed our program to no longer be a long term residence but as a place where we provide a variety of supportive services and housing options for people who are homeless with disabilities such as HIV, mental illness and addiction.
In 1989, we established the first freestanding AIDS residence in Connecticut, Supportive Living Program, which continues to provide safe housing and supportive services for our clients.
Liberty provides housing at any point in time to at least 150 individuals with a retention rate of 90%. Some clients are housed at Liberty properties and others in private apartments.
We operate Safe Haven, a 33-unit apartment building in New Haven’s Ninth Square District which hosts three programs: Liberty's Day Program, Women’s Program and permanent housing.
The Day Program offers meals, showers, access to laundry, telephones and computers for job search.
During winter months, Liberty provides a healthy breakfast, “Sunday Brunch” for approximately 70-100 people.
Additional services and programs designed to end homelessness include: eviction prevention, security deposit, case management services and employment services. HIV testing and more.