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The mission of Jacob A. Riis Settlement House is to build and strengthen the underserved communities of Western Queens and act as a catalyst for change. Riis Settlement is a community-based non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to the youth, adults, seniors, and families of Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Executive Director: Mark Handelman
51 Madison Street
New York, NY 10038
Ph. (212) 349-3724
Fx. (212) 791-7540
Hamilton-Madison house was established when Hamilton House (est. 1902) and Madison House (est. 1898) merged in 1954.
Each week, Hamilton-Madison House provides services to 1,700 people of all ages and to more than 10,000 people annually.
Hamilton-Madison House (HMH) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in the Two Bridges/Chinatown area on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Hamilton-Madison House offers a variety of human service social programs. These programs include: Day Care and Head Start; a Youth Development Program; HIV Teen Outreach Program; Refugee Assistance Program; Mental Health services; Chinatown Alcoholism Unit, and Senior Services. In May of 1995, Hamilton-Madison established a Supported Housing Program in Corona, Queens, to provide independent housing for 23 Asian patients recently released from mental health institutions.
Hamilton-Madison House's newest site, Knickerbocker Village Senior Center, opened its doors in June 1996 and now provides concrete social services and counseling on-site to seniors in this community. An extension of the Head Start program, also opened in June 1996, is located in Southbridge Towers. In addition, Hamilton-Madison's outreach work includes community-based advocacy, organizing and education on local and neighborhood issues.