Since 1952, the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) has been dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life for residents of the Southern Washington Heights area. Their mission encompasses advocacy, organizing and providing of services related to decent affordable housing, education, health, youth services and neighborhood improvement. And their enduring philosophy is: our doors are always open to neighbors in need.
CLOTH was incorporated in January of 1952 by Lucille Bulger. A strong advocate for the education and welfare of children, Ms. Bulger and other parents on 159th Street recognized the need for recreational and educational resources available to youth in the neighborhood. Pooling their resources, they engaged the services of bus companies and camps so that neighborhood youth could spend two to four weeks outside of the city during the summer. From this effort CLOTH began to provide a volunteer-run, educational after school program, a young adult etiquette and social skills program, and a family oriented neighborhood clean-up initiative
Since its inception, CLOTH has grown from a volunteer agency to a multi-faceted organization. CLOTH addresses a wide range of community needs, including affordable housing, economic development, health education, and after school and summer programs.
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