Since 1969, Settlement Housing Fund has developed 73 projects with over 8,700 apartments — rentals, cooperatives, and two-family houses — that are home to more than 25,000 low- and moderate-income residents, including formerly homeless New Yorkers. Whenever possible, we incorporate commercial space and community programs for youth, young adults and families that provide opportunities for educational success, wellness and upward mobility.
Settlement Housing Fund creates and sustains high quality affordable housing and programs, building strong and economically diverse neighborhoods throughout New York City. Settlement Housing Fund works closely with community partners to provide low- and moderate-income New Yorkers with pathways to long-term affordable housing, education, employment and wellness.
Settlement Housing Fund is committed to advancing practices and policies related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We foster an environment that supports employees with diverse backgrounds, and are engaging in equity-building initiatives. As a housing organization, we understand the historical and systemic policies that have negatively impacted marginalized groups. We commit to increased advocacy around harmful policies, and to increased inclusion in the communities where we build and work.
Settlement Housing Fund was created by United Neighborhood Houses to provide technical assistance to affordable housing development projects and funds for affordable cooperative home ownership.
Settlement Housing Fund develops federally funded renovation projects in East Harlem and creates the first low-income cooperatives with tenants in occupancy.
With Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, development begins on the first of six sites across the Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area of the Lower East Side, leading to the creation of 1,350 apartments, a supermarket and space for organizations and programs.
The original 14 buildings at New Settlement Apartments in the Bronx are rehabilitated by the City of New York, the largest of the City’s 10 Year Housing Plan, and ownership is transferred to Settlement Housing Fund.
Settlement Housing Fund takes ownership of four buildings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to create the St. John’s Place Family Shelter, one of the earliest Tier II shelters developed as an alternative to ‘welfare hotels’.
Construction of the Two Bridges Tower is complete, on the last vacant site in the Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area of the Lower East Side, and Settlement Housing Fund retains ownership with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council.
Settlement Housing Fund takes ownership of Semiperm on the Upper West Side, the first Inclusionary Zoning project in New York City to utilize project-based Section 8; the building is used as a new model of housing to help single-parent homeless families transition successfully to permanent housing.
The New Settlement Community Campus, developed in partnership with the New York City School Construction Authority, opens on Jerome Avenue. It includes two public schools, a health clinic, an outdoor playground and amphitheater, and the New Settlement Community Center with pool, roof garden, dance studio and multi-purpose rooms.
Construction of a new development, 1561 Walton Avenue, and the rehabilitation of the original 14 buildings at New Settlement Apartments is complete; system improvements include the largest solar panel installation on a privately-owned affordable housing development in NYC.
Settlement Housing Fund is selected as the first nonprofit developer selected to lead a NYCHA PACT rehabilitation project of Harlem River Houses, the first of two federally funded public housing developments in New York City, and the adjacent Harlem River II.
To make quality affordable housing with access to programs a reality for so many low-income New Yorkers, we aim to create and preserve housing within the communities where we have a significant presence. We partner with our affiliates, the City, and direct service providers to connect our residents with neighborhood programs and supportive services.
The Settlement Housing Fund team is made up of housing and community development professionals working to make a more affordable and equitable New York City. Founded in 1969 to provide technical assistance to affordable housing projects, Settlement Housing Fund became a citywide housing developer, owner and services provider in 1989. Led by pioneering women in the affordable housing field since its inception, the organization continues to develop safe and quality affordable housing with neighborhood amenities that build economically diverse communities.
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With the September 2019 release of our strategic plan, we’re intensifying our commitment to affordable housing by expanding our housing development pipeline, improving existing housing, and increasing services for residents. Our strategic plan is strengthening our impact within the communities we serve.