Welcome to NVP!

NVP is a regional organization of religious congregations, local labor unions, and housing cooperatives working to create jobs, affordable housing opportunity, hospital accountability to the community, environmental justice and improvements to critical public and private services in the Naugatuck Valley.  

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Naugatuck Valley Project

Organizing for Justice Across the Naugatuck Valley and Beyond

We are experiencing an extraordinary time in our country and our world.  The horrific killing of George Floyd and the recognition once again of how far we have to go in achieving racial, ethnic, and economic justice in our communities and across the nation are astounding. The confluence of the COVID-19 virus and the social virus we need to address, call us to work for broad social change.  It is no longer acceptable for anyone to be silent.

Now, more than ever, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing as graphically as possible the dramatic economic and racial divide caused by deep-seated injustices, systemic racism, and decades of neglect.  The social and public health issues historically connected to low-income and people of color communities is reflected in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of particular note in the protests against racial injustice that have bloomed throughout our area and the globe, is the degree to which our young people are taking a leadership position.  Youth leading the charge!   The courageous young leaders are awe inspiring. Thank-you. You are our future.

The Naugatuck Valley Project (NVP) stands firm with these young people in calling out these shocking disparities and inequities.  Creating social change and building power in our underserved communities is a top priority of NVP as we work to embrace a clear understanding of justice through love.  In the words of Maya Angelou:

“Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

It is time for all Americans to stand up for the rights of people of color to live in a country that values their individual uniqueness and heralds their community’s remarkable contributions to the history of our country no matter what common enemies we experience.  We believe in the Black Lives Matter struggle. We are marching with you. The time is now. 

This note would not be complete were we not to speak specially to our legal system and law enforcement in general.  The motto of police organizations has always been to protect and to serve.  NVP stresses that the requirement to protect and service applies to everyone regardless of their community, racial or ethnic background.

This destination of hope is one to which we all must aspire as we deal with the challenges of 2020. Please join us as we stand in unity with all those who are suffering injustice and with those who are fighting to right the wrong of racism every day!

Building Collective Power 

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NVP works to build a powerful regional network of member institutions capable of affecting change and bringing about tangible improvements in the quality of life in the Valley for low and moderate income families.  

Tackling Big Issues

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Our work has ranged from successful fights for community policing, immigrant services, retiree benefits, job training and brownfield remediation programs, as well as successful campaigns to save and create jobs and affordable housing.

Winning Change

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We work hard and get big results. We've won major changes in Environment and Redevelopment, Housing, Public Services, Jobs, and Leadership Development.