What We Do

New Settlement is a nonprofit organization with a 27-year, demonstrated commitment to housing and community development, including working toward educational excellence in local public schools. Our extensive year-round community services and educational programs are structured in direct response to the interests of several thousand adults and youth who live in the Mt. Eden community, a chronically underserved area of the Bronx.

New Settlement, in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx, began in 1990 with the acquisition and renovation of abandoned buildings (now numbering 18) to create affordable homes for more than 3,500 people, 30% of whom are formerly homeless. Recognizing that a community is not made simply of bricks and mortar, New Settlement has launched a range of community-based services in health, education, counseling and workforce development. New Settlement has become a thriving community with services that provide important resources to the neighborhood’s youth and families. Current Programs include:

Affordable Housing: New Settlement manages 1,082 units of affordable housing in 18 buildings in Mt. Eden.

After School Programs: New Settlement operates enriching school-based and community-based after school programs serving 900 school aged children 5 days a week, 3 hours a day.

Summer Day Camps: New Settlement operates Summer Day camps for 300 children.

The Bronx Helpers is a leadership development and community service program for 100 middle-school youth.

The New Settlement Program for Girls and Young Women provides gender-specific programs for 185 7-18 year old girls and focuses on self-care, health and sexuality, financial and media literacy, dance and theater, outdoor adventure, college readiness and community service.

New Settlement’s College Access Center provides a one-stop center for all things college-related, including intensive one-on-one counseling as well as college visits, SAT prep, financial aid counseling, early college awareness and follow-up with all students who enter college; in 2017 we served 1,400 students.

The Parent Action Committee brings parents together to become more involved in their children’s education and to advocate for improved conditions in CSD9 schools.

CASA, New Settlement’s Housing organizing initiative, empowers local residents to fight for preserving affordable housing and informing tenants of their rights. CASA currently has more than 500 members.

New Settlement’s Community Campus features a stunning state-of-the-art community center with swimming pool, community garden, dance studio, cooking classrooms and multipurpose rooms connected to three public schools serving 1,100 students in grades K-12.

The Young Adult Opportunity Initiative, serving 160 opportunity youth ages 16-24, provides employment training and placement, education and social supports.