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A New Opportunity

The Jubilee Project is an initiative in New Haven to bring holistic flourishing through relational, spiritual, and economic thriving. Our core economic focus is housing. We are working now to launch the Jubilee Community Land Trust, New Haven's first Community Land Turst.

 

Since launching the Jubilee Project, we have seen some amazing breakthroughs. In 2022, we helped Quiana buy her home in the wake of a fire (click here to learn more). We have worked to do our part in addressing historic inequities and injustices and promote opportunities for people in our community. But we know there's much work to be done.

For years, we have identified one house in particular: 49 Sheffield Avenue. It has sat vacant for the last 7 years or so, dilapidated and broken down, a visual depiction of how many people feel amidst housing insecurity and loneliness and spiritual dryness. We have longed for this house, much like the fragile and broken areas of our lives, to be restored and to be used to be a blessing in our community.

 

That opportunity has come: we purchased the house in November 2023. We are now renovating it so that it can serve as the anchor property to launch the Jubilee Community Land Trust.

There are many ways for people to get involved. 

 

We are raising financing to renovate the property. The process is simple. You fill out an interest form that includes how much you'd be willing to lend and the interest rate (anywhere from 0% to 6%). We send the paperwork and link to process the loan transfer. We use it to buy and renovate the home. And we return the funds with interest when the project is completed. 

We believe that strategically deploying capital for redemptive and restorative projects like this can help build community, establish longevity, and promote economic security for families and communities who have been denied these kinds of opportunities. Join us. 

But investing capital isn't the only way to join us in this work. You can partner in prayer, provide time to work on the house or use your expertise in the project, or otherwise get involved in this work. 

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We are looking for missional investors who can lend funds to finance this project. We are borrowing at up to 6%, but many people choose to lend at a lower rate. This loan is low risk because the property holds the value of the financing, and it's high impact in the ways it will provide opportunity and restoration for our community. Fill out the form below if you're interested in lending funds for the renovation. 

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Give

Once you indicate interest, we will follow up to go over more information, and you can ask any additional questions you may have. We can collaborate on the best way for you to partner in this work. If you are ready to move forward, we can get rolling and send you the promissory note. 

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Volunteer

The house will require tons of work. We welcome people coming to help with cleaning and renovating the house. Fill out the volunteer interest form, and we will contact you when there are opportunities to get involved in this way.

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Pray

Prayer has always been a bedrock of what we're doing, and it was only by prayer that we had the opportunity to buy this house. We ask for people to join us in prayer as the work continues: for physical restoration, community-building, and worship to all flourish. 

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Testimony

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"I am truly grateful for The Jubilee Project helping me ...to purchase my childhood home in a neighborhood I love and have so many memories. I’ve always saw New Haven as my home, but thanks to your organization, I’m really able to call it home. Being a home owner has gave me a sense of security. The dream of owning a home in a neighborhood I grew up in felt  further away than I could imagine but thanks to people like you all and the work your organization does , you made it possible for me."

Quiana Horry

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