10. Mary Simkhovitch’s influence and activism extended beyond Greenwich House

Handicraft Building
The Workshop Building, Courtesy of Greenwich House

Mary Simkhovitch advocated for better living conditions for New Yorkers through her work at Greenwich House and beyond. A few notable achievements of hers include publishing the Tenant’s Rights Manual and serving as the Chairperson of the New York Board of Welfare. In 1934 she became the Vice President of the New York Housing Authority, a position which she held for fourteen years. During her term, she co-wrote the National Housing Act. She retired from her position as Director of Greenwich House in 1946.

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Greenwich House Woodworking shop

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