settlement house


Definition of settlement house

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

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Recent Examples on the Web African Americans, too, benefited from settlement houses. Andre M. Archie, National Review, "The Power of Bourgeois Norms," 7 Nov. 2019 Richard’s parents met in 1905 at a Henry Street dance; Wald and Lehman attended their wedding, and Louis Abrons later became a major benefactor of the settlement house. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Richard Abrons, Patron of the Henry Street Settlement, Dies at 92," 18 Sep. 2019 In 1895, Jacob Schiff, a prominent banker and Ms. Wald’s lifelong friend and benefactor, bought a large house on Henry Street to serve as the settlement house's headquarters. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "The Mystery of This Dusty Book, Signed by Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt," 23 Aug. 2019 Henry Street, created in response to a growing immigrant population living in squalid conditions, was one of New York’s first settlement houses. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "The Mystery of This Dusty Book, Signed by Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt," 23 Aug. 2019 Euroclear, Europe’s largest stock and bond settlement house, is weighing an IPO or private placement, Reuters reports. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, June 10," 10 June 2019 In Gulu, inequality is soaring, with vast and sparkling private buildings just across the road from settlements housing multiple families. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "On returning to Uganda, Museveni’s staying power and the significance of Bobi Wine," 30 May 2019 This is the morning of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House gala, the annual fundraiser for the non-profit of the same name, a onetime settlement house on New York's Upper East Side that serves some 15,000 New Yorkers annually. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 While in Cleveland, Hughes also attended classes at the influential Karamu House African-American theater and settlement house - in what turned out to be a long relationship with the theater. Laura Demarco,, "Happy birthday, Langston Hughes; American literary great started writing in Cleveland," 1 Feb. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Settlement house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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

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