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.

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Union Settlement Updates and News

USCRP 50th Anniversary Celebration

On June 7 more than one hundred alumni, staff and friends celebrated the 50th anniversary of our College Readiness Program. You can see photos from the event and learn about the Alumni Network. Also Mayor Bill De Blasio issued a Proclamation declaring June 7th Union Settlement College Readiness Day!

Ethnic Festival

Our 22nd Annual Ethnic Festival filled 104th Street with happy faces! See our photos on Facebook here.

The 2014 Solutions Benefit

You can now view the photographs from our gala honoring: Shaun Osher, CEO of CORE, Robert F. Quantaince, Retired Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, and partners Morgan Stanley and Bryan Cave. Thank you for joining with us to celebrate Union Settlement Association and the 50th Anniversary of our College Readiness Program.

East Harlem Explosion Update

We were deeply distressed about the building collapses that occurred in East Harlem on March 12. Our thoughts are with the individuals and families who have been affected by the incident.

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

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

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.

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

“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... that’s why this type of organization is so crucial to our city.”

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.

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.


Union Settlement Association | 237 East 104th Street NY, NY 10029-5404 | P (212) 828.6000 | F (212) 828.6022 | www.unionsettlement.org
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