The average monthly rent in New York is $2,801, 53% higher than San Francisco, the second most expensive city in the country. (Center for an Urban Future)

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

Queens

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.

What We Do

What UNH does for Kids

For Children

UNH aims to expand the availability of quality, affordable child care, Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start, after school and summer enrichment programs in which parents are actively engaged. We do this through advocacy and policy analysis as well as by providing resources to our member agencies for program innovation and enhancement. Learn more »
What UNH does for Youth

For Youth

UNH advocates for critical educational and enrichment opportunities that help young people make positive choices and succeed in school and in the workforce. We do this through advocacy and policy analysis as well as by providing resources to our member agencies for program innovation and enhancement. Learn more »
What UNH does for Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy and Immigrant Services

UNH is leading the effort to establish a comprehensive adult literacy system through our work with the New York Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCAL), which asserts that being able to read and write, learn English, obtain a GED, and enter training and post secondary education are the rights of every New Yorker and the cornerstone to an equitable and just society. Learn more »
What UNH does for Older Adults

Older Adults

The first of 77 million baby boomers turned 60 in 2006. By 2030, 108 million Americans will be over age 55, up from 60 million today. Will our communities be ready for this age-wave? To make sure we are ready, UNH - in partnership locally with The New York Community Trust - is participating in the Community Experience Partnership [CEP]... Learn more »

Housing Stability

UNH strengthens communities in public housing and advocates for programs to prevent homelessness. Learn more »
What UNH does for Healthy Food

Healthy Food

United Neighborhood Houses' member agencies provide nearly 1.8 million meals to 8,000 individuals each year. UNH is working with its members to help them use more fresh healthy food in preparing these meals. UNH and its member agencies are also increasingly involved in activities to bring fresh food to families through urban gardens and farmer's markets. Learn more »
Strengthening Settlement Houses

Strengthening Settlement Houses

To build the capacity of UNH members, UNH works with Executive Directors, Board leadership, and staff at all levels to provide a wide variety of technical assistance, peer support and program enhancement opportunities as well as professional development for settlement house staff.  Learn more »

For The Next Generation of Settlement House Leaders

UNH makes it possible for staff of member organizations to attend customized professional development programs. In addition,UNH scholarship programs provide tuition assistance to recognize emerging leaders in member agencies.  Learn more »