The New London (Connecticut) Homeless Hospitality Center (NLHHC) is a non-profit human services agency whose mission is “to serve as a bridge out of homelessness by helping our guests pursue their self-selected path to permanent housing.”
Begun as a coalition of citizens, faith communities, and service organizations, the Homeless Hospitality Center has operated a daytime hospitality center and overnight shelter since 2007, and also offers employment and health care assistance.
Since 2011, the Francis Fund, a joint project of Equity Trust and the Saint Francis House of New London, has made six loans to NLHHC. The first, in early 2011, was for the purchase, renovation, and conversion of a four-family house into an eight-unit transitional housing facility for homeless veterans. Later that year, the second loan supported the acquisition of a permanent home for NLHHC: a former church that now accommodates all of their day and overnight services including showers, laundry, meeting spaces, and beds; a health outreach clinic; and the organization’s offices.
Loans in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 helped NLHHC purchase a two-family home to provide housing for low-income veterans in two three-bedroom apartments and three multi-family homes (comprising seven units altogether) to be used for affordable rental housing for people emerging from homelessness. Another loan in 2013, our second in support of the creation of a permanent home for NLHHC’S hospitality center and offices, enabled the final renovations of the former church property to be completed on schedule.
Our most recent loans, in 2018 and 2019, first funded the purchase of vacant land in an urban New London neighborhood where NLHHC will eventually build three brand new duplexes for their transitional housing program, providing as many as eighteen people with an affordable place to stay; and then supplemented construction financing for the first duplex.