Overview of the City of West Haven
West Haven occupies 10.6 square miles with over 22,000 house-holds. Its urban shoreline setting provides excellent recreation, a divers housing community and a growing business sector. As home to the University of New Haven, West Haven continues to embrace its reputation for quality education.
Our Mission Statement
Savin Rock Communities mission is to provide and enhance affordable living opportunities for individuals and families with the greatest housing needs. This includes seniors and disabled people living on fixed incomes, homeless veterans, and families with low income. We offer a broad range of housing options to address the unique needs faced by each of these groups. Our guiding principles are to insure public trust, protect the dignity of people with limited resources, support independent living, promote resident empowerment, establish and maintain strong community partnerships, and provide communities of choice to low and moderate-income residents throughout the City of West Haven.
Savin Rock Communities History & Information
Savin Rock Communities was originally organized in 1946 as the City of West Haven Housing Authority for the purpose of building federal affordable housing. It is governed by a five (5) member Board of Commissioners, appointed by the Mayor of the City of West Haven and approved by the West Haven City Council. Commissioners serve a five (5) year term.
The Executive Director and the staff of Savin Rock Communities are responsible for the administration and management of the Authority. In 1966 the first federal units were erected. One hundred (100) family units called Spring Heights and 126 family/disabled units were built at Morrissey Manor. From 1976 through 1985, 391 units were added to Savin Rock Communities, totaling 617 federal units.
When the Section 8/HCV Assistance Housing Program originated in 1976, only 75 people were on the program. Today, Savin Rock Communities assists approximately 1207 Section 8/HCV families. In 1998, the housing authority began the rehabilitation work on the largest acquisition in its history, Meadow Landing, a LIHTC funded multi-family housing development. The development consists of 230 units. In addition, Savin Rock Communities owns 38 market rate rentals known as Spring Gardens Apartments.