Early Childhood Education Enrollment

Enrollment is now open for children 2 – 5 years old at one of our six Early Childhood Education Centers in East Harlem.

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Union Settlement Receives Citi Foundation Grant

Union Settlement is one of the 50 community organizations selected as recipients of a $25 million open request for proposals (RFP) issued by the Citi Foundation earlier in the year.

Union Settlement received $500,000 in unrestricted funding to support our continued work in providing technical assistance to small businesses owned by people of color in East Harlem that have been disproportionately impacted by the unprecedented health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 Annual Report

2020 was supposed to be a celebratory year for Union Settlement, as we marked our 125th Anniversary of service here in East Harlem, but obviously the COVID19 pandemic completely changed those plans. Although our plans shifted, we remained committed to our mission of creating opportunities in East Harlem by offering comprehensive programs that help underserved residents improve their skills and build better lives for themselves and their families.

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Vaccine Equity


By Union Settlement Executive Director, David Nocenti and Board Member, Erika Donovan Estades 

“Indeed, if we do not take decisive action now, we will end up with herd immunity only in predominantly white communities, while residents of communities of color — like those our two organizations serve here in East Harlem — will continue to be hospitalized and die from COVID-19, for many months thereafter.”

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Always Essential

Our new video series, “Always Essential in East Harlem” looks at how Union Settlement has, and continues, to respond to these challenging times in the neighborhood we have served for over 125 years.

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Reform NYPD Now

Union Settlement, along with over 50 nonprofit organizations, are calling for the immediate implementation of necessary changes to NYPD policies and practices.

The REFORM NYPD NOW agenda focuses on vital reforms that can be adopted immediately. 

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COVID-19 Response

Union Settlement is committed to serving the East Harlem community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Although the outbreak is being felt everywhere, East Harlem residents are especially vulnerable to this unprecedented medical and financial crisis. As we have for the past 125 years, Union Settlement is providing vital resources to protect the safety and well-being of the neighborhood.

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When $15 an hour isn’t good enough:

It’s time to fight for $17.50

by Union Settlement Executive Director, David Nocenti
Published in the New York Daily News on June 18, 2021

Simply stated, the $15 an hour minimum wage is not enough to live on in New York City. So with President Biden and Congress mired in a debate over increasing the absurdly-low federal $7.25 minimum wage, and New York State officials considering their work “done” at $15, there was little hope on the horizon for my low-wage employees.

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View our current services and efforts in the East Harlem community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Response

Especially during the COVID-19 crisis, your support is vital in helping us continue to empower the underserved families in East Harlem.

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Empowering East Harlem Since 1895

Through vital programs, we equip our East Harlem neighbors to better their lives and achieve their dreams.