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.

Harlem CDC Events

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.
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NYS MWBE Certification

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

CERSP Grant Program

The CERSP Grant Program provides financial assistance for initiatives and events that advance HCDC’s mission.
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Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy usage costs for low- income families in single family homes and multi-unit developments.
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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.
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Harlem CDC oversees community and commercial development projects.

Victoria Theater Redevelopment Project

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Franco the Great's Gate Murals Preservation Project

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Cecil Hotel Capital Improvement Project

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Board of Directors

Maria Teresa Arce, Community Member
Honorable Diana Ayala, New York City Council Member
Honorable Brian Benjamin, New York State Senator
Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Honorable Inez Dickens, New York State Assembly Member
Holley Drakeford, Community Member
Honorable Adriano Espaillat, United States Representative
Freida Foster, Community Member
Honorable Mark Levine, New York City Council Member


Honorable Daniel J. O’Donnell, New York State Assembly Member
Obinna A. Onyeagoro, Community Member
Honorable Bill Perkins, New York City Council Member
Dana Reed, Community Member
Honorable Robert J. Rodriguez, New York State Assembly Member
Honorable Jose M. Serrano, New York State Senator
Keisha Sutton-James, Community MemberHonorable Al Taylor, New York State Assembly Member
Honorable Ruthanne Visnauskas, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner/CEO
Honorable Linda Lacewell, New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent

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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