University Settlement Society

  • University Settlement Society
Last Updated September 12, 2016

University Settlement Society's mission is to improve quality of life for low-income people and their communities.

History

University Settlement is one of the earliest settlement houses in the United States. As an anchor institution for low-income and immigrant communities for over 130 years, its mission is to improve quality of life for low-income people and their communities.

University Settlement engages over 30,000 New York City residents every year through its network of services, spanning across 30 locations, with major hubs in Manhattan's Lower East Side and Brooklyn's Fort Greene. The settlement houses offer integrated services and programming for all ages, including early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, mental health, arts programming, and adult and senior programs. University Settlement combines their direct services with social justice advocacy to create healthy, vibrant, and thriving local communities.

University Settlement's headquarters is located at 184 Eldridge Street in the Lower East Side. The century-old building is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and home to several core social service programs. 

Building Improvement Project

Replacing the existing oil-burning heating system will affect the entire building. The boiler room is located in the basement and there will be no impact on current program operations during construction. Interim measures will be taken to provide hot water to the building when switching over from one system to another. 

Window air conditioner units provide cooling, and the window units will be removed and replaced with wall mounted air handler units fed from roof mounted cooling equipment. The lower floor, with the art room and computer labs, will be renovated to accommodate wall mounted air handler units fed from roof mounted cooling equipment. The condensers will be located on the roof where no program activities take place, so there will be no disruption caused by the installation.