History

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House was founded in 1894 by the Alumnae Association of Normal College, now known as Hunter College of the City University of New York. We are among the oldest settlement houses in the nation and created one of the country's first kindergartens, providing educational and social services to indigent immigrants.

We have long been a leader in addressing issues including affordable housing, working conditions, health care, hunger, education, poverty, unemployment, homelessness and long-term care for older adults.

What is a Settlement House?

The Settlement House movement took hold in major cities in the United States in the late 19th to early 20th centuries as immigrants began arriving in greater numbers. Community workers lived in Settlement Houses established in poor, crowded urban neighborhoods and worked with local residents to provide educational and recreational services including English language and job training, arts programing, health care, youth programs and much more.

This rich tradition continues today with a network of Settlement Houses throughout the country committed to serving their neighbors in need.

Read more about Settlement Houses in the Encyclopedia of Chicago.