settlement house


settlement house

noun

: a place or organization that provides various community services to people in a crowded part of a city

Full Definition of SETTLEMENT HOUSE

:  an institution providing various community services especially to large city populations

First Known Use of SETTLEMENT HOUSE

1907

Rhymes with SETTLEMENT HOUSE

settlement house

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Neighbourhood social-welfare agency. The staff of a settlement house may sponsor clubs, classes, athletic teams, and interest groups; they may employ such specialists as vocational counselors and caseworkers. The settlement movement began with the founding of Toynbee Hall in London in 1884 by Samuel Augustus Barnett (1844–1913). It spread to the U.S. in the late 19th century with the establishment of such institutions as Chicago's Hull House (founded by Jane Addams). Many countries now have similar institutions. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, U.S. settlement houses were active among the masses of new immigrants and worked for reform legislation such as workers' compensation and child-labour laws.

Variants of SETTLEMENT HOUSE

settlement house or social settlement or community centre

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