Our Programs

LSA’s founders insisted upon keeping an open door so anyone in need of care or support would feel welcome—regardless of a family’s ability to pay. To this day, our door remains wide open. If we can’t help you, we’ll help you connect with someone who can.

LSA’s health and social service programs are aligned into two broad clusters:
Community Health and Wellness and Family Support.

Community Health and Wellness

Advocacy and Food Pantry

ADVOCACY and FOOD PANTRY programs help families meet their immediate need for food and address the longer-term issues of living in poverty. Our advocates educate families about their rights and empower them to access needed services and resources.

We assist families with public benefits applications (including online SNAP enrollment), refer them to LSA and non-LSA programs, offer immigration legal appointments and help tenants avoid eviction and get needed repairs. Visitors to our client-choice food pantry receive fresh and healthy food choices after meeting with an LSA advocate who evaluates the full extent of their needs.

LSA is proud to be a part of Action NYC, a citywide initiative through the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to connect immigrant New Yorkers with free and confidential immigration legal consultations in all five boroughs. LSA partners with Action NYC to do outreach in Northern Manhattan, including East Harlem and Washington Heights.

To make an appointment with Melina Gonzalez, our Immigrant Outreach Organizer, contact us at (646) 672-5200 ext. 305.


NURSING, our Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA), provides direct nursing care to up to 100 patients at a time, making over 2,500 home visits a year. Skilled Care is provided to patients of all ages in their own homes.

LSA nurses offer a special expertise in Maternity and Pediatric populations, including pre-natal, post-partum, newborn & pediatric assessments and monitoring , parenting and breastfeeding classes, as well as support groups to promote wellness and build nurturing relationships. Through the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative, LSA’s home nurses have helped reduce the disproportionately high rate of infant deaths in East Harlem.

Environmental Health Services

The ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES program was established in 1997 in response to the high rate of asthma among children in East Harlem. Our 12-month program helps reduce missed school and work days, as well as emergency room and hospital visits for those with asthma. Our home-visiting community health workers work hands-on to help families modify housing conditions and household living habits in order to improve indoor air quality, asthma symptoms and overall health and wellbeing.

We assess the home environment, teach safe and effective ways to address unhealthy conditions, offer community workshops, engage in asthma-related research, and advocate for tenants to get needed repairs for building conditions that negatively impact their health.

Family Support

Parenting and Child Development

PARENTING and CHILD DEVELOPMENT works with parents to keep very young children (up to age 3) developmentally on track through home visits and socialization groups, and provides academic enrichment to children in grades K-3. The program also supports and promotes parent empowerment through a wide range of services, including mental health counseling, financial literacy workshops, supportive groups, educational advocacy, workshops, and referrals.

Preventive Services

PREVENTIVE SERVICES is a family support program that works to strengthen fragile or crisis-impacted families and keep them safe and together through caring, hands-on interventions by our skilled staff. This is an A-rated program funded by the Administration for Children Services (ACS), which keeps 97% of children that came to us out of foster care.

With an overall focus on building strong, trusting relationships, we offer these key program components: in-home family treatment, case management advocacy, referrals for specialized treatment, parenting support and improvement of daily life management skills.  We strive to help our families meet their treatment goals through services tailored to each family’s specific needs.

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The Sharing Place Thrift Store

The Sharing Place is NYC’s premier destination for gently-used, high-quality clothing, housewares, toys and books at very low prices.

Additional Services

In addition to our core program areas, LSA offers additional support services, including mental health counseling, support groups, and nutrition and fitness classes.