Settlement Housing Fund developed the St. John’s Place Family Center in 1990 as an alternative to welfare hotels. Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Center provides temporary housing, day care, infant care, and other services to 97 families at a time, assisting them in their search for employment and affordable housing. In 1994, we added permanent housing for 33 low-income families in an adjacent building including ten families who relocated from the Center, and in 2004 we developed a new building across the street for 35 families, which is also the site of our DREAMS YouthBuild & Young Adult Training Program.
The Family Center has a strong track record of working with other community groups in Crown Heights, and welcomed volunteers from the New York Horticultural Society's Green Team, New York Cares and others to restore a neighboring community garden for use by the St. John's Place Day Care and Family Center, as well as others in the community. Two years later, the garden is flourishing, children from the Day Care are harvesting their own vegetables, and DREAMS students recently built a new outdoor stage for community use. The rebirth of the garden was featured on News 12.
Valerie Figueroa, Executive Director
St. John’s Place Family Center
1630 St. John’s Place
Brooklyn, NY 11233