ED Speaks out on Gentrification in the LES

Apr 8, 2016 | see full post

Executive Director Melissa Aase spoke at an advocacy rally earlier this week at 45 Rivington Street - the sight of a nursing home for HIV/AIDS patients that was recently sold to developers who plan to build luxury condos. The building had been protected by a deed restriction that sought to maintain a public resource in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. With the recent shift in deed restrictions, though, the building will be changing hands to a high-cost housing property - something University Settlement is now fighting to stop. continue

Artists-in-Residence in the News

Apr 6, 2016 | see full post

Two of the Performance Project's Artists-in-Residence made local headlines with their curated show with us, Tragedy in Spades. Katherine Brook & Liza Birkenmeier / TELE-VIOLET were featured in the Brooklyn Rail and in Culturebot earlier this week for their work, which you still have a chance to see on April 8 and 9 - get your tickets now! continue

2 Settlement Sites Selected for Capital Grant

Mar 28, 2016 | see full post

On March 18, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 14 projects that would receive funding from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to enhance the cultural, recreational, and education opportunities in the region and improve the quality of life for residents in Lower Manhattan. Among the selected projects are renovations to our Houston Street Center and to our Eldridge Street headquarters. continue

After-School Rally in the News

Mar 24, 2016 | see full post

On Wednesday, March 23, many of our after-school program staff and participants turned out for a rally on the steps of City Hall to call on the city to restore funding to summer camp programs this year.  continue

Executive Director on City Watch

Mar 16, 2016 | see full post

Executive Director Melissa E. Aase was featured on WBAI 99.5FM on the show City Watch on March 12. During the interview, she spoke about the roots and origins of our Houston Street Center - now in its tenth year - as one of the original urban community development projects in New York City.  continue

Schools Chancellor Visits Community School

Feb 24, 2016 | see full post

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen FariƱa and Executive Director of Community Schools (in the NYC Department of Education) Chris Caruso paid a visit to East Flatbush Community Research School yesterday, where University Settlement serves as the organizational partner in a community school renewal model. continue

City Officials Visit 184 Eldridge

Feb 22, 2016 | see full post

On Friday, February 19, a few city officials paid a visit to our Early Childhood Center at 184 Eldridge Street. Deputy Commissioner of Early Care & Education at ACS Lorelei Vargas, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services Herminia Palacio, and Council Member Margaret Chin were all present. The trio spoke with our Executive Director Melissa Aase, Deputy Executive Director for Early Childhood Programs Nina Piros, and Senior Program Director of Early Learn Sites Karen G. Cohen.  continue

Navigators in the News

Feb 16, 2016 | see full post

Our Project Home Court Navigators Program was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. The program, which is operated jointly with several other nonprofits at the housing court in Brooklyn, provides guidance to people who don't have an attorney. Unlike criminal court, housing court - and other civil courts - don't provide attorneys to those who can't afford one. This puts tenants at a severe disadvantage when it comes to staying in their homes, especially since the majority of landlords and property managers have representation. continue

Novel Partnership Pairs Artists Living With Illness with Premier Art Firm

Feb 8, 2016 | see full post

Still Life: Art by People Who Know Healthcare Best, provides a compelling collection of artwork created by artists living with illness available for purchase to hospitals, healthcare facilities, corporations and individuals. Still Life is a social enterprise concept developed by Art Force LLC  and The Creative Center at University Settlement. Sales from the Still Life collection will support The Creative Center's programs in public hospitals, as well as provide a financial and emotional benefit to the selected artists. continue

The Creative Center in Contract Magazine

Jan 21, 2016 | see full post

The Creative Center - our program dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer and chronic illness - was recently highlighted in Contract Design Magazine, a major trade publication. The article, which was jointly written by The Creative Center's Director Robin Glazer, focuses on the  role of art in the healing process.  continue

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