Harlem Community Development Corporation

Harlem Community Development Corporation (“HCDC”), a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation, was created in 1995 to serve the greater Harlem community, including Central Harlem, El Barrio/East Harlem, Washington Heights and West Harlem. It supersedes the Harlem Urban Development Corporation (HUDC) that existed from 1971 to 1995.

Through various partnerships, HCDC plans and facilitates a wide range of community revitalization initiatives, strengthening upper Manhattan and its economically and culturally vibrant communities.

Business Services

Harlem CDC’s Business Services programs provide tools, including technical and financial assistance and skills training, to local entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses.

THINK Initiative

The THINK Initiative provides tools for local entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses.

NYS MWBE Certification

Harlem CDC’s Satellite MWBE Certification Center provides support to local businesses seeking NYS MWBE certification.

Community Development

Harlem CDC’s Community Development programs provide information, technical and skills training to community-based organizations and individuals seeking to create independent projects and initiatives which support further investment in Upper Manhattan.

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy usage costs for low- income families in single family homes and multi-unit developments.

Home Buyer Financial Literacy Program

The Home Buyer Financial Literacy Program provides one-on-one pre-purchase counseling to first-time home buyers tailored to the specific concerns and circumstances of the client.

CERSP Grant Program

The Community and Economic Revitalization Support Program (CERSP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants for initiatives and events that advance HCDC’s mission


Harlem CDC oversees community and commercial development projects.

Franco the Great's Gate Murals Preservation Project

Board of Directors

Maria Teresa Arce, Esq. Community Member
Honorable Diana Ayala, New York City Council Member, 8th District
Honorable Cordell Cleare, New York State Senator, 30th District
Honorable Mark Levine, Manhattan Borough President
Honorable Inez E. Dickens, NYS Assembly Member, 70th District
Holley Drakeford, Community Member
Honorable Adriano D. Espaillat, United States Representative, 15th Congressional District
Freida Foster, Community Member
Honorable Adrienne A. Harris, Acting Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services



Honorable Shaun Abreu, New York City Council Member, 7th District
Honorable Daniel J. O’Donnell, New York State Assembly Member, 69th District
Obinna A. Onyeagoro, Community Member
Honorable Kristin Richardson Jordan, New York City Council Member, 9th District
Honorable Eddie Gibbs, New York State Assembly Member, 68th District
Honorable José M. Serrano, New York State Senator, 29th District
Honorable Al Taylor, New York State Assembly Member, 71st District
Honorable Ruthanne Visnauskas, Commissioner/CEO, NYS Homes & Community Renewal
Dana Reed, Community Member

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Harlem Community Development Corporation

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125 Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10027
United States