Union Settlement Association

Empowering East Harlem.

Union Settlement Association is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. Since opening our doors in 1895, we have brought education, wellness and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to better their lives. By helping our neighbors realize their goals, we build the vitality and success of East Harlem.

East Harlem Explosion Update

We were deeply distressed about the building collapses that occurred in East Harlem at 116th Street and Park Avenue. Our thoughts are with the individuals and families who have been affected by the incident.

Union Settlement does not have facilities in the immediate area, and our programs and services are continuing. Some providers in Union Settlement’s Family Child Care Network were within a few blocks of the blast site, and they had to evacuate the children from their sites due to the smoke conditions.  Union Settlement also delivers Meals on Wheels to many homebound seniors in the immediate area, and initially access was blocked by the emergency vehicles and police barricades, but we eventually were able to deliver meals on Wednesday to all of our meal recipients.  We also reached out to program participants who we know lived in the immediate area, to confirm their safety and see what assistance they needed.

The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City has launched a fundraising drive to address the ongoing needs of those affected by the explosion. Case Management services are being coordinated by Safe Horizon, and victims seeking services are encouraged to contact Safe Horizon's 24-hour hotline at 866-689-4357. Union Settlement and LSA Family Service are assisting with community outreach.

For more information about our service locations and to contact us, visit this page

The Union Settlement Board of Directors cordially invites you to The Solutions Benefit, celebrating the work of Union Settlement, highlighting 50 years of College Readiness.

Wednesday April 30, 2014
6:30 Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:30 Dinner and Program

409 East 59th Street
(between First and York Avenues)

To become a sponsor or to order tickets, please click here.

Mayor de Blasio Holds News Conference at Union Settlement to Push for Expansion of Pre-School and Afterschool Programs

Mayor de Blasio at Union Settlement

Mayor de Blasio, together with labor union leaders, representing more than 1.3 million New Yorkers, held a news conference at our Union Johnson Early Learning Center to announce the unions’ support for Mayor de Blasio’s proposal for free Universal Pre-Kindergarten and free afterschool programs for middle school children. The unions pledged to lobby the New York State Legislature for a dedicated revenue stream to launch these programs.

In his opening remarks, the Mayor highlighted the important role that UnionSettlement Association and the settlement house movement play in New York.

“I want to thank the Executive Director here, David Nocenti, for his excellent work. This particular organization has been open since 1895. It’s focused on education, on health and wellness and community building programs for the people of East Harlem ever since, [serving] the people of the community from the youngest to the oldest. So here you will find Head Start and Pre-K and you’ll also find Meals on Wheels, you’ll find the whole range and that’s why this type of organization is so crucial to our city.”

Union Settlement Updates and News

College Readiness Alumni Network

Were you ever part of our College Readiness or Upward Bound programs? The College Readiness Alumni Network now has its own webpage, just in time for the program’s 50th anniversary year! Find out more and get involved here

Union Johnson Early Learning Center, Children's Museum of Manhattan and NYCHA Celebrate Partnership

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Early Childhood Literacy and Health Hub was held at Union Johnson Early Learning Center on December 19. Our partnership with the Children's Museum of Manhattan, NYCHA, and ACS has brought museum quality exhibitions and programs focused on health and literacy to the Johnson Houses, the first such effort in public housing.

Maria Benejan, Administration for Children's Services, John Rhea, New York City Housing Authority, Laurie Tisch, Tisch Illumination Fund, David Nocenti, Union Settlement, and Andrew Ackerman, Children's Museum of Manhattan (from left to right) attended the ceremony.
Melissa Nieves Receives Award from the Literacy Assistance Center

Melissa Nieves, Director of Adult Education, recieves a Literacy Recognition award from the Literacy Assistance Center. View the video of her acceptance speech and her inspiring story here.

Public Service Announcement for Union Settlement

A PSA about Union Settlement is airing on the YES Network.  Many thanks to YES for producing and broadcasting this message about our work in East Harlem.  You can watch the 30 second PSA as well as the 4 minute Voices of Union Settlement.

History of Union Settlement

View Union Settlement: Opportunity, Community, East Harlem, a seven minute video on the work and history of Union Settlement Association.


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