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A Virtual Summer Youth Program Yields Leadership Skills

In April 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, New York City suspended the Summer Youth Employment Program—a program that for decades had provided critical work experience and income to thousands of young people. Henry Street was among many youth-service organizations that advocated for an alternative to the traditional SYEP program—one that would allow young people… Read More »

Henry Street Launches Helpline

The Henry Street Helpline is live and available to anyone who needs help navigating the changes brought on by COVID-19. Call 347.493.2787 Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-7 p.m., and speak directly with a Henry Street team member, who can provide individualized support and resources. The Helpline is here to help with… Read More »

COVID-19 Impact Report

The COVID-19 crisis sent our community into a freefall. The Lower East Side—dynamic, historic, and vibrant—has long been a place of intense struggle. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, half of the children lived at or below the poverty line, and more than a third of households received food stamps—nearly double the city average. The neighborhood… Read More »

Youth Are the Designers in this Course in Inspiration

In August 2020, Rambler Studios, a youth fashion-design program based in Amsterdam and Berlin, rambled into the Lower East Side—albeit in virtual form. Ten New Yorkers, ages 16 to 24, were selected to participate in this five-week course intended to empower them to “design their lives through fashion.” In Rambler Studios’ European bases, the organization… Read More »

A Cool Movement for a Hot Summer

The coronavirus pandemic has generated an outpouring of innovative, grassroots, community-led efforts to help neighbors in need, and Henry Street is proud to be part of an especially exciting one: the arrival of outdoor community refrigerators. With the motto “take what you need, leave what you don’t,” community fridges are cropping up all over New… Read More »

Phurbu Tshering: Finding a New Job Amid a Crisis

When Covid-19 struck, and unemployment numbers skyrocketed, Henry Street’s employment coordinators quickly pivoted to place clients into new jobs. Since then, they have helped 77 workers find new employment, despite the crushing economy. Among them is Phurbu Tshering. Tshering arrived in the United States in January 2019. A Tibetan from New Delhi, he was very… Read More »

LES Mobile Market to Bring Food Directly to New Yorkers

A new food-delivery program, launched on July 29, 2020, will help feed 200 Lower East Side families for a year. Henry Street Settlement, working with NewYork-Presbyterian, will operate the LES Mobile Market, which features biweekly grocery deliveries to bring healthy food to those experiencing food insecurity. The mobile market will also employ local youth as… Read More »

New York State COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Update:  The deadline to apply for assistance under the COVID Rent Relief Program has been extended to August 6th, 2020 for online and paper applications.  More information Español /  中國  –  傳統  / Русский  / Kreyòl ayisyen / 한국어 /  বাংলা   New York State has introduced an emergency rental relief program that will provide one-time rental assistance to New Yorkers burdened by rent during the COVID-19… Read More »

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