Improving Health Literacy of Library Patrons Experiencing Homelessness and Unstable Housing 2018-2019

This project will build upon a successful 4-year evolving partnership between the New Haven Free Public Library NHFPL and Liberty Community Services, Inc. LCS by integrating resources and references in case management services provided onsite at NHFPL. The services target people experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. Libraries, as default front doors to homeless services, are in a unique position to engage community members in need of information, support services and referrals related to health, housing and potential sources of income. Health is inextricably intertwined with housing and employment opportunities. Patrons heavily utilize the case management services located at NHFPL, and this project adds an important dimension to the intervention toolbox and will serve 500 people over the course of one year.

Project Details

Organization Name

New Haven Free Public Library, Ives Main Library

Organization Type
All of Us
Public library
Project Lead

John Jessen

Start Date
October 1, 2018
End Date
April 30, 2019
Funding Amount
General Public
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health