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

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 ...
Early Childhood

She said: “We are gonna get through this”

Early Head Start teams conducting community outreach in East New York. By Melissa Aase, CEO of University Settlement Highlights:  ► Early Head Start at Children’s ...
Mental Health

Partnering with families to effectively support children experiencing mental health crises

HBCI clinicians meet families where they live and navigate each unique situation with care. By Melissa Aase, CEO of University Settlement Highlights:  ► Our Home-Based ...
Press Release

University Settlement appoints Marie-Laure Romney to its Board of Directors

Marie-Laure Romney (Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital) has been elected to University Settlement’s Board of Directors, the nation’s ...
Older Adults

Celebrating Our Blueprint for a better NYC

Last Wednesday at City Stories: Our Blueprint, we gathered with over 200 supporters to celebrate our amazing community and our Honorary Director Alan P. Winters’ ...
Press Release

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund deepens relationship with The Creative Center at University Settlement with two year grant

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has awarded The Creative Center at University Settlement a significant grant over two years, the nation’s first settlement house ...
Older Adults

Celebrating English Language Month with Daniela from our Adult Literacy Program

In recognition of English Language Month, we spoke with Daniela, a remarkable volunteer teacher whose experiences span continents and cultures. Daniela hails from Quito, Ecuador, ...
Advocacy

University Settlement’s Barbara DiGangi testifies at New York City Council

Download a copy of this testimony Testimony of University Settlement    Before the New York City Council   Joint Oversight Hearing: School-Based Health Centers and School-Based ...
Older Adults

Bringing older New Yorkers together to advocate for our communities

Houston Street Center’s Adam Blackman and Zhuohao Charles Wu kicked of a morning of advocacy training, which also featured content from our partners at NYCLU. ...
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