United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is dedicated to promoting and strengthening the neighborhood-based, multi-service approach to improving the lives of New Yorkers in need and the communities in which they live. As a membership organization of 36 settlement houses and community centers, UNH works to enact change through policy development, advocacy and capacity-building activities.
UNH was founded in 1919 to unify the settlement houses' collective efforts to achieve social reform and to provide a voice for New York's low-income residents. UNH’s founders John L. Elliott and Mary K. Simkhovitch, themselves founders of settlement houses in NYC, intended UNH to effect cooperation among those who are working for neighborhood and civic improvement, and to promote movements for social progress.
Today, UNH's membership comprises one of the largest human service systems in New York City, working at more than 400 sites to provide high quality services to a half million New Yorkers each year.