We forge partnerships between New York City neighbors to advocate for justice and equality, building strong communities.
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USING OUR COMMUNITY’S STRENGTHS

AND MAKING US ALL STRONGER

University Settlement partners with 40,000 New Yorkers on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn every year to build on their strengths as they achieve healthy, stable, and remarkable lives. For over 135 years, we’ve collaborated with our neighbors to pioneer highly effective programs that fight poverty and systemic inequality. Established in 1886 as the first Settlement House in the United States, we bring the values of that movement into the 21st century by meeting New Yorkers where they live, listening deeply to all perspectives, engaging with every individual holistically, and creating space for people to organize. Joining together with our neighbors to advocate for justice and equality, we help build community strength. 

 We work with New Yorkers of all ages. We infuse a commitment to civic engagement, equity, and communal action into each of our programs, which include early childhood education, mental health and wellness, benefits assistance and eviction prevention, adult literacy and education, healthy aging, community and recreation centers, performing and visual arts, and youth development.

Diverse Group of Young Adults posing for US Programs

PROGRAMS
FOR ALL

To strengthen our community, we provide a range of services and support for every member of our community, every generation. Childcare. After-school programs. Education for adults, Meals and companionship for seniors. Let us know how we can serve you or your family — and thereby serve our entire neighborhood.

ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTS
FITNESS
COLLEGE PATHS
AFTER SCHOOL
ARTS
FITNESS
BIENVE
COLLEGE PATHS

SPACE RENTALS
FOR EVERY EVENT

Beautiful, modern, affordable, and conveniently located. We have three versatile spaces to choose from for your meeting, performance and recreation events. We’d love to talk to you about all we have to offer!

Kids in Pool at Houston Street Space Rental

JOIN
OUR MISSION

People like you make our work possible! Whether you’re looking to make a meaningful career move, give back to your community by volunteering, or want to learn more about all the benefits of private or corporate support, there are so many ways to give!

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IN OUR NEIGHBORS’ OWN WORDS...

Learn how University Settlement creates positive change in our communities – from the neighbors we partner with, plus our colleagues and volunteers.

TESTIMONIAL

“I got behind on my rent, and University Settlement was there for me, helping me take financial literacy classes. Through University Settlement, our community accesses resources that help us live our lives to the fullest.”

Mary, Project Home participant

MEET THE FACES
OF UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT

“I find space to do my homework, focus, and think clearly at University Settlement. There’s always someone to talk to if I have a problem – I know the people care about me.”

Xavier, Beacon After School participant

“At University Settlement, the staff will help you get the answers to any questions you have, and it doesn’t matter if your child is still there or has moved up. It’s a comfort to me.”

Latoya, mother of children in our Early Childhood programs

NEWS AND EVENTS

Press Release

University Settlement to host virtual Community Open Space on July 18th at 6PM

University Settlement will be offering an open virtual space on Thursday, July 18th at 6pm for community members to check in with each other following ...
Press Release

University Settlement to host virtual Healing and Connection Circle on July 9th at 6PM

We are joining in grief with the members of our community impacted by the tragic crash at Corlears Park on July 4. Join us for a ...
Press Release

University Settlement appoints Joanna Weiner to its Board of Directors

Joanna Weiner (Senior Counsel, NYC Health + Hospitals) has been elected to University Settlement’s Board of Directors, the nation’s first settlement house announced today. Joanna ...
Early Childhood

University Settlement’s Marilus Castellanos Makes Remarks at the Rally for Mental Health at City Hall

By Marilus Castellanos, Senior Program Director of Early Childhood Mental Health and Family Wellness, University Settlement Good afternoon, my name is Marilus Castellanos, and I ...
Advocacy

University Settlement’s Kyungsoo Kang testifies at New York City Council – June 7, 2024

Download a copy of this testimony Testimony of University Settlement before the New York City Council Executive Budget Hearing Committee on Contracts, Chair Julie Won ...
Mental Health

What We Missed During Mental Health Awareness Month

By Barbara DiGangi, LMSW, SIFI – Director of Community Wellness Initiatives at University Settlement As I scrolled through my Instagram feed this past month, I ...
Advocacy

University Settlement’s Sofiya Pidzyraylo testifies at New York City Council – June 4, 2024

Download a copy of this testimony Testimony of University Settlement before the New York City Council Oversight – Protecting, Preserving and Supporting Naturally Occurring Retirement ...
Press Release

Getting dramatic after school

River, who participates in our after-school programs at the Institute for Collaborative Education, was featured in a production of Alice in Wonderland By Melissa Aase, ...
Arts

The Creative Center at University Settlement to Receive $40,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Creative Center at University Settlement is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants ...
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See Our Impact

Read our 2023 Annual Report