Hamilton-Madison House is a voluntary non-profit settlement house dedicated to improving the quality of life of its community, primarily those in the Two Bridges/Chinatown area of Manhattan's Lower East Side. The neighborhood is a federally designated poverty area, with a constantly changing mixture of ethnic groups, and lack of adequate services and resources.
Since 1898, the House has been a part of the settlement house movement in New York City that pioneered the development and protection of humane policies and programs. These efforts have fostered social well-being among our most vulnerable populations: children, the elderly, new immigrants, and the unemployed.
The House speaks the many languages of the community, promotes understanding/cooperation among ethnic groups, and is attuned to their changing needs.