About Us

United Communities Southeast Philadelphia has a long and rich tradition of service to children, adults and families residing in Southeast Philadelphia.  United Communities was established in 1969 through the merger of three settlement houses that date back to 1847.  For the past 46 years, United Communities has carried out the original settlement mission to promote the educational and economic advancement of individuals and families within its host neighborhoods.


United Communities Southeast Philadelphia improves the quality of life for every generation and member of the multicultural community we serve by providing educational, advocacy, and social programs.

United Communities currently operates two facilities, each of which serves as a major hub for community resources and spirit in three very low income, diverse areas of Southeast Philadelphia: the Houston Center (8th Street and Snyder Avenue) and Southwark House (Front & Ellsworth Street). In addition, United Communities also operates afterschool programs at the Sharswood Elementary, Southwark Elementary, and Fell Elementary and Furness High Schools.

Through our years of service we have established and maintained strong relationships with local schools and community-based organizations.  In the past several years, United Communities has been an active participant in the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative.  This participation has enabled United Communities to enhance its programming for youth, further our partnerships with other organizations, and increase the visibility of our agency.