Welcome to Hartley House
Founded in 1897, Hartley House exists to serve school-age children, youth, and seniors in Hell’s Kitchen by enriching their lives, expanding their opportunities, and building a sense of community.
Don't let anyone ever tell you that great things can't happen when communities come together to solve tough problems.
On Saturday, I was joined by hundreds of community members in front of Hartley House, the 121-year-old settlement house in Hell's Kitchen, to announce that the sale of its historic buildings has been called off and this vital community center has been saved!
Founded in the era of the settlement house movement, Hartley House has been providing crucial social services to the Hell's Kitchen community since 1897. But recently the organization has been challenged, struggling to maintain its 121-year-old physical location.
Earlier this year, Hartley House reluctantly listed its multi-building campus at 413 West 46th Street for sale and moved its offices and programs to rented space.
The community stepped up. We rallied around Hartley House. We rolled up our sleeves and came up with an alternative plan.
Under this plan, Hartley House's large footprint on 46th Street will be renovated to include supportive housing developed by Clinton Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), a non-profit organization which has built and preserved affordable housing in Hell's Kitchen for over 40 years. Community services and programming will be supported by Hudson Guild, a non-profit which provides free and low-cost childcare, mental health services, after school programs, senior services and more to over 14,000 people annually. Additionally, a $222,000 City Council discretionary allocation will allow Hartley House to continue its programming uninterrupted.
Hartley House has served the Hell's Kitchen community for more than a century, and this project will help ensure it will be here for another 100 years.
Click here to watch a video from the event.
I want to thank everyone who helped make this victory possible including the leadership of Hartley House, Clinton Housing, Hudson Guild, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Community Board 4 and the many community members who helped save this irreplaceable piece of Hell's Kitchen's past, present and future.
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About Hartley House
Hartley House is a nonprofit organization that has stood in Hell’s Kitchen as a hub of support, empowerment, and community development for 120 years. It has a rich history in the progressive and philanthropic movements that transformed New York City by improving the lives of low-income working people. That history informs our programs today, serving over 1,000 of our neighbors each year from elementary school to retirement and beyond: our After School and Summer Day Camp seek to level the playing field between our systemically disadvantaged neighbors and their more affluent neighbors mere blocks away. Our Adult Education partnerships provide job skills, High School equivalency exam prep, and critical support for recent immigrants. Finally, our Home Outreach Program for Elders (HOPE) takes a compassionate and individualized approach to support seniors to remain important, independent members of their surrounding community. Our organizational partnerships help us enrich our youth programs, and serve as bridges to critical services like legal representation and health care for seniors.