Although New Haven is not as rich in alternative institutions as one would expect, considering the presence of so many universities, it does have more community wealth building efforts than most people realize. This can be seen by checking out community-wealth.org’s New Haven page.
New Haven is strongest in Local Food Systems (City Seed, Common Ground, and New Haven Farms), Community Development Financial Institutions (Capital for Change (formerly Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund), Neighborhood Housing Services, and Start Community Bank) and, of course, University-Community Partnerships (only two are listed: Urban Resources Initiatives and Yale Urban Design Workshop).
It’s worth a look at this page to see what these valuable organizations do and visit links to their websites.
Unfortunately, New Haven is the only CT city with a community-wealth.org page, so it’s hard to compare it to the other cities in the state.