Our Services

CLOTH Reaches Over 30,000 People Each Year…
through an inter-connected array of programs and partnerships. It has a long track record of achieving success and meeting program outcomes.

  • Educational programs for 250 students
  • Housing for over 2,000 families
  • Food Pantry serves 96,000 people a year
  • Technology Center classes for 300 people a year
  • Annual Health Festival provides over 1,300 free screenings
  • Merchant Organizing and Advocacy for 75 small business on Broadway
  • Playstreet for 300 children each summer
  • 25 Youth basketball college scholarships per year
  • Community Health Academy of the Heights, a public community school for 650 students

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Affordable Housing Development

Working with our partners, CLOTH has developed or rehabilitated 53 buildings, resulting in over 1,500 units of decent, affordable housing and supportive housing for our neighbors. At CLOTH we believe that access to affordable housing is a right for every human on the planet.  In order to keep our neighborhood affordable and relevant in this changing world, CLOTH has developed the CLOTH Green Excellence Matrix (CLOTH GEM).  This is a long-term project of outfitting each of our viable buildings with the latest green technologies.  These include Solar PV for electricity, Solar Thermal for hot water, Green Roofs and Rain Gardens.  Currently we have installed 7 solar systems on our rooftops.

After school Programming

After School Programming for our neighborhood youth was the original mission of Lucille Bulger when she founded Community League of the Heights and continues to be at the heart of our organization.  Today we continue her vision by running three after school programs at nearby P.S. 4 and at our own 6th-12th grade Public School, Community Health Academy of the Heights.  Our dedicated staff provide academic enrichment, recreational opportunities and emotional support to their students through the COMPASS, SONYC and Freshman Leadership programs.

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Summer Programming

Also in keeping with our founder’s vision, CLOTH provides an array of summer programming for our neighborhood youth.  Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, CLOTH arranges summer employment opportunities for youth.   CLOTH also runs the CLOTH Summer Enrichment Program, providing academic enrichment and structured activities to 150 children in July and August yearly.  The children get to take advantage of all the city has to offer through a wide variety of field trips to museums, local parks, landmarks and city pools.

CLOTH also hosts the neighborhood’s annual Summer Sundays.  On each Sunday in June, CLOTH brings food and entertainment to the triangle on 157th Street and Broadway.  Each Sunday has it’s own theme: Art, Music, Health and Culture.  Each year, dozens of families take part in activities for adults and children, watch performance, listen to music and eat together.  It is a long-standing neighborhood tradition.

Health Care and Health Information Access

Community League of the Heights is dedicated to bringing access to health care and health information to the people of The Heights.  To this end, each year CLOTH runs a health fair that reaches over 3,500 residents, providing health care information and free screenings along with recreational activities and fun for the community.

Our Lucille Bulger Community Center is also home to The Community League Health Clinic (administered by Community Healthcare Network).  This clinic, formerly housed on the corner of 159th and Amsterdam, has been providing reproductive health services and health care information to the community since 1973.

Food Security / Food Pantry

CLOTH provides emergency hunger relief through a food pantry that serves 8,000 people each month. Through linkages to community partners, such as Single Stop USA, CLOTH offer entitlement counseling and other services to address root causes of hunger. CLOTH also sponsors a community garden where residents tend to fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit, and offers a youth nutrition education program in partnership with City Harvest.

Computer Technology Center

In partnership with the Enterprise Foundation, CLOTH has re-developed 2113 Amsterdam Avenue to house a 1,100 square-food community technology center, affordable commercial space, and 8 affordable residential units.  Under the leadership of Daniel Mercado, the CLOTH Technology Center has become  a staple for the Washington Heights Community.  With open-access computer hours 5 days a week, residents are given the increasingly indispensable opportunity to access the internet on a regular basis.  The Technology Center also hosts several adult education classes including English as a Second Language, Basic Computer Skills in English and in Spanish and Workforce Development.  For more information about these classes, please see our Adult Education and Workforce Development page.

Economic Development

CLOTH has organized tenant associations, neighborhood beautification projects, and Broadway United Businesses, a merchants association which serves overs 100 small restaurants, retail stores, and service providers, many of which are owned by immigrants.

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WIN for Asthma/Diabetes

The Washington-Heights Inwood Network (WIN) for Asthma is a hospital-community partnership designed to strengthen the existing community-wide network of care and to improve outcomes for local children with poorly controlled asthma. Bilingual Community Health Workers serve as the single point of contact for families who require comprehensive asthma education, support, and multiple referrals for services such as housing, immigration, and mental health.