Among employed New York City residents, 37% experienced difficulty affording food throughout 2009. (Food Bank for New York City)

Grand St. Settlement


Grand St. Settlement is a multi-service center with programs ranging from child care and Head Start services for young children, to meals and social services for senior citizens, with a strong focus on educational and employment services designed to promote independence.

For The Next Generation of Settlement House Leaders

Registration is now open:
UNH and HSC joint training on legislative and budget advocacy for members of UNH or HSC. This training will be three full-day sessions over three weeks on Tuesday July 11, July 18, and July 25. To register, click here.

UNH Community Votes Project offering two $1,000 grants for training in voter engagement and registration. For more info and to apply, download the information here.

Provide for the future of settlement houses by making educational opportunities available and accessible to staff at UNH member agencies. Recognize young leaders in settlement house communities.

UNH makes it possible for staff of member organizations to attend customized professional development programs. In addition,UNH scholarship programs provide tuition assistance to recognize emerging leaders in member agencies. Past and current professional development partners have included Columbia’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, CUNY – New York City College of Technology, and CUNY – Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and Children’s Aid Society.

Programs and Issues

Emerging Leaders Management Training

Since 2005, UNH has partnered with top educational institutions to engage key staff from UNH member agencies in the highest level of management training. This professional development program is supported by the Pinkerton Foundation and the Barker Welfare Foundation. Past supporters are the Altman Foundation and the Clark Foundation.  Learn more »

Facilities Staff Professional Development Initiative

UNH provides opportunities for facilities staff, such as building superintendents and custodians, to complete courses at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology in such areas as Fire Safety and OSHA Training.
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UNH Award for Achievement in Civic Advocacy

The UNH Award for Achievement in Civic Advocacy has been made possible by a bequest from Julius C. C. Edelstein. Through this award, UNH recognizes staff of UNH member agencies who have demonstrated significant commitment to and accomplishment in the area of civic advocacy and engagement. One thousand dollars ($1,000) is awarded each year.  Learn more »

Emily Menlo Marks Scholarship

The Emily Menlo Marks Scholarship is named for UNH's former Executive Director in honor of the extraordinary contributions she made to social justice and community building in New York City over the course of her career. The scholarship was developed to ensure that there is a next generation of leaders within UNH member agencies equipped to carry on her tradition of excellence. Learn more »

Settlement House Day

In 2014, United Neighborhood Houses hosted the first-ever Settlement House Day, an all-day conference for staff from UNH’s 38 member agencies. More than 200 attendees convened at University Settlement’s Houston Street Center for workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities to help develop new skills and connect with the settlement house movement.  Learn more »