The Kingsley Association is a non-profit organization that works diligently to provide comprehensive, culturally relevant, educational, recreational and social programming that positively impacts the lives of youth, their families and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of East Liberty, Garfield, Point Breeze, Homewood, Lincoln, Larimer, Lemington, Belmar, East Hills, Wilkinsburg and beyond. They have become a vital thread in the fabric of these communities.
The Kingsley Association was first named Kingsley House, a settlement house founded in 1893 by Dr. George Hodges. It was named for Christian Socialist and Oxford University student Charles Kingsley who is credited along with Frederick Dennison Maurice with founding the settlement house movement in East End London.
The settlement movement was involved in the creation of "settlement houses" which offered social services often targeted towards the urban poor. The settlement movement started in London (and later America) in the mid 19th century. These houses often offered food, shelter and education, provided by virtue of charity on part of wealthy donors, the residents of the city, and (for education) scholars who volunteered their time.
Today, Kingsley Association's facilities include space for meetings, workshops, exhibitions and other community programs.
The offices are open weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with other facilities open for specific events.
On-site parking is available.