New Haven, Conn., has been home to Southern for over 130 years, and the university is proud of its roots in the Elm City. Now, there’s one more reason to be proud of New Haven: It was recently announced as a winner of a 2022 All-America City Award, given by the National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Communities given this recognition are being honored “for improving the prospects for early school success and equitable learning recovery, including for children whose families are served by the nation’s public housing agencies and affordable housing organizations.”
According to the New Haven Register, the city was named as one of 10 All-America City award winners in a virtual ceremony on July 26, 2022, based in large part on the Elm City Communities’ “ECC [Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven] Believes” initiative.
Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven accepted the award on behalf of the City of New Haven and in recognition of the organization’s ECC Believes initiative.
This initiative represents a coordinated effort to support children’s and youths’ positive social-emotional and educational development geared toward developing self-sufficient adults.
The National Civic League, along with co-convener the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presented the award “to recognize New Haven’s commitment to cross-sector collaboration; meaningful partnerships with public housing agencies and affordable-housing organizations; data-based solutions; and equity, including racial equity,” according to an ECC release.
“We are happy to designate New Haven as an All-America City. They showed, even in the face a global pandemic, that they can bring people together to help kids and families thrive,” said Doug Linkhart President of the National Civic League.
Read about New Haven’s award in “New Haven, housing authority to celebrate national All-America City award” (New Haven Register, Mark Zaretsky, Sept. 19, 2022)