What Is A Haven?

Across the Elm City, community spaces form an integral part of the urban landscape and provide old and new havens for the city’s diverse communities. The purpose of Elm City Havens is to provide a multimedia platform for learning more about these gathering spaces: their stories, their goals, and the communities to whom they belong.


Elm City Havens tells the stories of New Haven’s community spaces through a variety of media and methods. Listen to the audio segments to hear the voices of various community members, from leaders to volunteers. Browse through the photo slideshow to see what these spaces look like in action. Read the narratives to get a sense of their rich histories and future goals. Whether you are interested in delving into a familiar space, or seeking to discover a new one, we invite you to use this resource to explore the vibrant community spaces which call New Haven home.