Building strong neighborhoods with affordable housing and community programs

New Settlement

New Settlement Apartments, in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx, opened in 1990 following the renovation and acquisition of 14 abandoned buildings from the City of New York. Settlement Housing has continued to develop in the community through additional acquisitions and new construction to create 1,139 affordable homes in 19 buildings for thousands of New Yorkers, 30% of whom were once homeless. In 2019, we took over management of a former "cluster site" building on the Grand Councourse to help households who had been living there temporarily become permanently housed. These households are now part of the New Settlement community, with access to the wide-range of programming for children, youth and families living in our buildings and the surrounding area, and the building will become our 20th property in the community when we take ownership in 2021.


The combination of scale, favorable financing and a commitment to community programming, transformed what was once one of the most devastated areas of the Southwest Bronx into a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood. Under the leadership of Jack Doyle, Executive Director, a team of dedicated service providers and an engaged community, New Settlement has thrived 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.

Settlement Housing 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, a roof garden, and a 75-foot five-lane swimming pool. This innovative, state-of-the-art Community Campus has helped to alleviate overcrowded schools and provided space to expand and enhance New Settlement’s community programs for youth and families. 

We continue to add to and improve the New Settlement community through new construction, preservation and acquisition of affordable housing. In December of 2018, we completed construction of a 60-unit building, with financing that 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 includes apartments for formerly homeless families, very low income households, through moderate incomes.

A major rehabilitation to the original 14 buildings at New Settlement was also completed, upgrading 893 apartments with new kitchens and baths, and the buildings with systems improvements including the largest solar panel installation on a privately owned affordable housing development. The project ensures that the apartments will remain affordable for at least another 60 years.


Rigaud Noel, Executive Director

New Settlement

1512 Townsend Avenue

Bronx, NY  10452









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