Yale Homebuyer Program renewed through 2019

Established in 1994, the program provides up to a $30,000 total benefit to Yale staff and faculty who purchase a home and reside in New Haven.
Aerial view of the City of New Haven

As of this fall, 1,221 faculty and staff have benefited from the Yale Homebuyer Program. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

The Yale Homebuyer Program, a key initiative in the university’s community investment in its hometown, New Haven, has been renewed for another two years, through Dec. 31, 2019.

Established in 1994, the Yale Homebuyer Program gives permanent Yale University employees working 20 or hours or more a week a substantial income benefit if they purchase a home to own and occupy in designated areas in the city.

The program provides up to a $30,000 total benefit to participants: a $5,000 first-year bonus and an annual $2,500 grant for up to 10 years to university faculty and staff as long as they continue to own and live in the home and remain employed by Yale.

As of this fall, 1,221 Yale faculty and staff have benefited from the program since its inception. They have purchased homes with a total market value at time of purchase of more than $237 million and have benefited from a total commitment from Yale of more than $31 million to the program since 1994.

The program operates in two-year phases to allow for ongoing assessment of its impact. Recognizing the continued value of the program to promoting strong neighborhoods, the Yale trustees voted at their most recent regular meeting on Dec. 8 to renew it for another two-year phase. 

Since the program’s inception, 29% of homebuyers have been faculty, 30% clerical and technical staff, 14% service and maintenance staff, and 27% management and professional staff. The neighborhoods covered in the program — Beaver Hills, Dixwell, Dwight, East Rock, the Hill, Newhallville, and West Rock — continued to attract Yale homebuyers during the most recent two-year phase.

Through the homebuyer program, the university invests in our outstanding faculty and staff and supports city neighborhoods,” noted President Peter Salovey. “It is wonderful that so many members of Yale’s faculty and staff live in Yale’s vibrant host city, and I look forward to more of our colleagues becoming homeowners in New Haven.”

To learn more about the university’s comprehensive engagement with New Haven, visit the Office of New Haven and State Affairs website. There you will find information about Yale’s work to promote economic growth, public schools and youth, strong neighborhoods, and a vital downtown.

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