About Erie Neighborhood House

Since 1870, Erie Neighborhood House has provided the most comprehensive support immigrant and low-income families in Chicago need to thrive and has constantly evolved to meet their needs.

Today, Erie House is a modern social services nonprofit with programming and resources for children & youth, mental health & community wellness, adult education & training, legal services, and more.

Through these programs, we empower the people we work alongside to build powerful communities.

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Our Vision

A home with no borders, impacting lives to create powerful communities.

Our Mission

To empower our community—Latinx immigrants alongside individuals and families of all backgrounds—through education, access to critical services and advocacy, working together to create a just and inclusive society.


Promote education and wellness for families and individuals

Foster a spirit of service and inclusion

Maintain strong community presence and partnerships

Amplify the voice of our community

Advocate for social change to advance our mission

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access & Inclusion

Erie House believes in the importance of diversity, equity, access and inclusion. We stand in solidarity with those fighting against injustice, oppression, and systemic racism in all its forms. Our mission is to empower our community — Latinx immigrants and individuals and families of all backgrounds.

“All backgrounds” represents our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, ability and experience. We’re committed to working to unify our communities behind the shared goal of justice and equity.


We are the oldest settlement house still operating in Chicago, having worked alongside folks across the city for a century and a half. From those early days as “the little Dutch church” in West Town to the widespread impact we make today, our history is shaped by the immigrant experience—marked by struggle, resilience, and hope—that is such an inseparable part of Chicago's identity.

Strategic Plan

In 2017 we set out to better understand who we are, where we've been and where we're going.

In partnership with The Collective Academy, we formed a strategic plan committee made up of staff, volunteers, board members and participants past and present. Their task was to reframe our vision, mission and values and develop goals (and tactics to achieve those goals) that would strengthen our impact in the community over the next 3 years—and beyond.


FY18-21 Goals:

Align program resources and delivery capabilities with community needs

Strengthen the organization through staff development

Expand and diversify funding

Ensure diversity and inclusion are core principles within Erie House

Our People

We are a diverse community of passionate individuals, bound together by a shared commitment to building proud, powerful communities across the city.

Our Locations

With sites in West Town, Little Village, and Humboldt Park, and remote workshops and outreach events across the city, we are making a strong, widespread impact.


Join us in working towards a just and inclusive society.

Erie Neighborhood House is a member of the UnidosUS Affiliate Network.