The Dixwell Community House, known as the “Q House” was opened in 1924 as a settlement house for African Americans moving north as part of the Great Migration. It served as a center for the historic Black community in the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods for generations, providing a comprehensive set of community-based services for residents of all ages.
In 2003, the Q House closed its doors. After 19 years, the Q House is back! The new Q House is deeply committed to the community it calls home, with a love of its history and a commitment to our shared future. A group of dedicated community activists organized for more than a decade to build a new Q House.
The Q House Advisory Board, working with the City of New Haven and the State of Connecticut, raised funds to open the new Q House in September 2021. The Q House includes the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, the Stetson branch of the New Haven Public Library, and the Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center, in addition to spaces managed by Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc. (LEAP). In combination, these allies have created a facility and community resource unparalleled in the state of Connecticut.
The Q House will be a center that welcomes and provides resources and opportunities for the breadth and diversity of our community: young children, teens, adults, and senior citizens.