Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was launched in 2015. The creation of a CAB reflects our commitment to community engagement and resident-driven advocacy work. Comprised of Lower East Side residents and Henry Street clients of diverse backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities, the CAB ensures that the Settlement maintains “an ear to the ground,” and is truly receptive and responsive to local needs. The CAB’s core responsibilities are to:
- Assess Community Needs: Regular CAB meetings offer a forum for Henry Street to hear directly from community members and program participants. At the meetings, members voice concerns that help shape Henry Street’s priorities across program divisions. In 2017, the Settlement began allocating funds in its general operating support resources to the CAB for its Participatory Budgeting Initiative.
- Serve as Henry Street Ambassadors: While the Settlement serves more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year, we know that not all residents are fully aware of services we offer than can be of benefit. Our CAB members play a critically important role in conducting effective community outreach, engaging new program participants and enabling Henry Street to reach more New Yorkers in need.
- Support Ongoing Advocacy Efforts: NYC’s population and policy landscape is constantly shifting, and new community needs are always emerging. Our CAB members help us to better understand needs as they arise to ensure that Henry Street remains a dedicated advocate for our community.
Community members interested in joining the CAB should contact our executive office at 212.766.9200 x 2235.