Frank T. Modica, MSW, a long-standing advocate for the many diverse communities of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Executive Director Emeritus of Hamilton-Madison House and Chairman of the Board at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, died from natural causes on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Modica was a celebrated leader in the settlement house movement and social services sector throughout New York City, primarily in the Two Bridges and Lower East Side areas of Manhattan. From 1976 – 2010, he served as Executive Director of Hamilton-Madison House (HMH), a 113 year old non-profit settlement house dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Under his 34 years of stewardship, HMH grew to become one of the nation’s leading providers of Behavioral Health Services to Asian and Asian-American communities.
Mr. Modica also served on the boards of a number of local, national, and international organizations including United Neighborhood Centers of America; and International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers. Most notably, Mr. Modica served on the Board of Two Bridges Neighborhood Council since 1977, during which time the organization created permanently affordable housing for thousands of families and individuals.
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