History

Helping Thousands Each Year Since 1895

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Union Settlement Association has served the people of East Harlem since 1895. One of the largest settlement houses in New York, Union Settlement serves more than 10,000 East Harlem residents of all ages each year through its education, health, senior services, youth development, childcare, counseling, and economic development programs. With a population greater than that of Albany, New York, East Harlem has long been a portal community to waves of immigrant populations.

With each new generation—beginning with the Irish, Eastern European, and Italian populations of a century ago, to the more recent mix of Hispanics and African Americans, and the latest arrivals from Central and South America, West Africa, the Caribbean and China—Union Settlement has been able to transform itself to meet new demands and has proven to be a sustained and sustaining community bedrock.

UNION SETTLEMENT TIMELINE

Mayoral Proclamation of Union Settlement Day