Seniors Burn up the Dance Floor to Celebrate a Vibrant Community Hub

On Friday afternoon, it was time to party! Olga Colon, Maria Merced, and over a hundred seniors feasted, swapped stories, and boogied to “Twist and Shout” as they celebrated University Settlement’s Neighborhood Center’s 45th Anniversary. US threw the shindig to honor a thriving community for older adults that is more critical now than ever. Seniors are …

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Healing Through Art: The Creative Center on PIX11 News

Ricardo Paredes, who has battled sickle cell anemia his entire life, is one of many patients discovering artmaking through The Creative Center at University Settlement. Check out our feature on PIX 11 about the enormous impact that art has on the lives of patients and their families. Artist-In-Residence program offers hospital patients a creative outlet Posted 7:55 …

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ABC7 Talks to our ED about Proposed Cuts to Arts Funding

Few people know that arts funding has been diverted from community-arts programs for over 30 years. The result is that low-income communities and people of color have few opportunities to experience and participate in art that reflects them, their lives, and their cultures. Our executive director, Melissa Aase, explained how potential cuts to the National …

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US Expands Behavioral Health Services for LES Children and Families

In a press conference on Monday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced a $12 investment to help existing organizations specializing in family and youth development expand their capacity and develop innovative new services. University Settlement was honored with a $1.3 million grant through this investment from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Justice …

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US Awarded Grant by Manhattan DA

University Settlement is proud to announce that it has been awarded a 4 year, $1.3 million grant to provide behavioral health services to Lower East Side children and teens, and their families. This grant is funded through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”). University Settlement was also awarded additional funds through two …

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Court Navigators: Changing Lives & Making Headlines

Our life-changing Court Navigators program – part of our eviction prevention program, Project Home – was just featured on Fox 5 NY. More than 70 percent of low-income tenants in NYC go without lawyers in Housing Court, while nearly 99% of landlords have attorneys to represent them. University Settlement’s Court Navigators program addresses that gap …

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