Velazquez Applauds Henry Street Settlement on Prestigious Grant
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY-07) announced that Henry Street Settlement has been awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for important local community work. The organization has received a grant of $360,000 to embark on a multi-platform project dedicated to sharing and preserving the history of Henry Street’s commitment to the wellbeing of New Yorkers.
“Henry Street Settlement is an important community anchor in the Lower East Side, providing a place for residents to seek support and connect with one another,” said Velázquez. “I have had the pleasure to work with Henry Street over the years when they’ve hosted town halls, facilitated summer employment programs for students, and organized the community to rally around their shared goals.”
Henry Street serves over 60,000 New Yorkers a year, many of whom rely on the organization for health care support services, senior services, employment services, arts and educational programming and transitional housing support.
The grant will provide funding for a variety of new programs including: a web-based exhibit of educational materials for students; technology and programming for a mobile walking tour through the streets of the Lower East Side; the expansion of public programs with partner organizations; and a permanent exhibit of Henry Street’s history within their 1830s Federal style townhouse.
“The funding provided by NEH will reaffirm and support Henry Street’s longstanding commitment to bringing the humanities to underserved communities,” said Velázquez. “Henry Street has a long track record of expanding educational opportunity in our neighborhood and this grant will help further that mission.”