Building strong neighborhoods with affordable housing and community programs

New Settlement

Our largest project, New Settlement Apartments in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx, began in 1990 with the acquisition and renovation of 15 abandoned buildings, the construction of a new building, and the acquisition of a 17th building to create 1,022 affordable homes for more than 3,500 people, 30% of whom are formerly homeless. Currently, the 18th building is under construction to add another 60 affordable apartments. The combination of scale and favorable financing transformed one of the worst areas of New York City into a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood. Under the leadership of Jack Doyle, Executive Director, New Settlement has become a thriving community with programs like the College Access Center and the Parent Action Committee, which promote education success for youth in schools throughout the district and beyond.

New Settlement has a consistent track record in neighborhood revitalization and community building. New Settlement collaborates closely with a wide range of educational institutions, housing and community development organizations, businesses, youth development and social service agencies — in the neighborhood, Bronx-wide, across NYC and State, and nationally. The programs at New Settlement are funded by local, state and federal government agencies, as well as corporate, foundation and individual supporters.

Settlement Housing Fund and New Settlement collaborated with the NYC School Construction Authority and Department of Education to develop a 172,000 sq. ft. facility that includes public schools spanning pre-K through 12th grade public, as well as special education classrooms, an onsite student health clinic, and an attached community center with dance studios, classrooms, art gallery space, an outdoor amphitheater and roof garden, and a 75-foot five-lane swimming pool (link below). This innovative, state-of-the-art Community Campus addresses both the need to alleviate overcrowded schools and the need for space to accommodate expansion and enhancement of New Settlement’s community programs for youth and families. The New Settlement Community Campus opened in September 2012 and graduated it's first class of seniors in 2016. 

Settlement Housing Fund continues to add to the New Settlement Apartment community. In June 2015, we began construction of a 60-unit building on what has been a parking lot for New Settlement staff. Financing includes 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, State Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Project-Based Vouchers from New York State, and a low-interest loan from the City of New York. The project embodies SHF's commitment to creating a housing continuum - it will include apartments for formerly homeless families, very low income households, through moderate incomes.  Occupancy is expected to begin by the end of 2017.


Jack Doyle, Executive Director


New Settlement Apartments

1512 Townsend Avenue

Bronx, NY  10452









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