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Melissa E. Aase

Executive Director

University Settlement

HQ Phone:  (212) 674-9120

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Email: m***@***.org

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University Settlement

184 Eldridge Street (At Rivington Street)

New York City, New York,10002

United States

Company Description

University Settlement is one of New York's most dynamic social service institutions with deep roots on the Lower East Side. Each year University Settlement's diverse programs help over 28,000 low-income and at-risk people build better lives for themselves and ...more

Background Information

Employment History

Deputy Executive Director for Early Childhood Programs Nina Piros and Senior Program Director

Early Learn Sites Karen G. Cohen.


Operations and Administration

Neighborhood Centers Inc


Site Director

East Flatbush Kenya George


Affiliations

NYMAPS

Advisory Board Member


Education

Master of Divinity

Union Theological Seminary


Master of Social Work

Columbia University


Web References(77 Total References)


DA Vance Invests $58 Million in Youth and Families to Prevent Crime | Cyrus Vance For District Attorney

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"University Settlement is honored to be a recipient of one and a partner in two groundbreaking grants awarded by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office - as a Family and Youth Development grantee, and as a partner in The Door's Youth Opportunity Hub and the Lower East Side Settlement House Hub," said Melissa Aase, Executive Director of University Settlement.


Staff - University Settlement

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Melissa Aase, Executive Director


ED Speaks out on Gentrification in the LES - University Settlement

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Executive Director Melissa Aase spoke at an advocacy rally earlier this week at 45 Rivington Street - the sight of a nursing home for HIV/AIDS patients that was recently sold to developers who plan to build luxury condos.
The building had been protected by a deed restriction that sought to maintain a public resource in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. With the recent shift in deed restrictions, though, the building will be changing hands to a high-cost housing property - something University Settlement is now fighting to stop. In addition to the rally, Aase was interviewed on AM New York about the sudden change of ownership and what it means for the diversity of the Lower East Side - read the full piece below, or check it out on AM New York's website. Melissa Aase's office looks out on 45 Rivington St., a now-controversial red-brick building on the Lower East Side. The building, known as Rivington House, is the subject of three probes investigating how Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration allowed a nursing home for HIV/AIDS patients to be sold to developers, who want to build luxury condos. The building had been protected by a deed restriction that prevented such a switch. But with virtually no public notice, the city lifted the restriction, and a building in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood that had been carefully protected for public good is now set to become more high-end housing. Aase is the executive director of University Settlement, a community center founded in 1886 to serve the area's immigrant population. Today, it hosts English classes, childcare and after-school programs, the same kind of neighborhood resource that 45 Rivington St. was - first as a school and then a nursing home. Before the nursing home closed, patients would sit in the nearby community garden, Aase said, watching University Settlement's early child care programs at work. Sometimes, kids from University Settlement would visit the nursing home. Now, such organic aspects of community will be gone. "This deal took everyone by surprise," Aase says. The neighborhood had gone through "incredible changes," said Aase, from University Settlement, some of them good - 24 years ago, the park down the block was "unwalkable," she says. It's a lively park now, with an AstroTurf soccer field and new playground equipment. As the neighborhood changed, Aase said that its economic diversity was preserved, through some 14,000 NYCHA units, for example, and a number of nearby community-support organizations were able to get buildings when they were abandoned and continue to serve the community. But looming high-rises are threatening locals, as landlords see a potential profit and push residents out so they can bring units out of rent stabilization. Those residents hanging onto their spaces are getting older. It's "harder to live in walkups," Aase says. They're in need of something like supportive or senior housing, which 45 Rivington might have turned into - shaping the changing neighborhood for the better.


University Settlement - Staff

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Melissa Aase, Director of Community Development


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Melissa Aase
Director of Community Development University Settlement maase@universitysettlement.org


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