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What is a Settlement House? PDF Print E-mail
Settlement Houses grew out of the social reform movements of the late-nineteenth century. Early Settlement House workers were typically upper-class, urban missionaries who strove to address the concerns of urban immigrants who were suffering from squalid living conditions, disease, illiteracy, and unemployment. Many of them not only worked in poor immigrant communities, but they also came to live among the people they served--hence the term "Settlement."