Harlem Community Development Corporation (“Harlem CDC”), a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and 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 El Barrio/East Harlem, Central Harlem, West Harlem and Washington Heights. Through the creation of partnerships, Harlem CDC plans and facilitates a wide range of community revitalization initiatives, strengthening upper Manhattan and its economically and culturally vibrant communities.
By targeting vacant or underutilized commercial, residential and publicly-owned property, Harlem CDC and its partners are able to attract new businesses, retain and grow existing businesses, provide access to homeownership opportunities for area residents, create employment opportunities and improve the quality of life and the environment within upper Manhattan.
Harlem CDC through its partnerships also provides information, technical and financial assistance and skills training to community-based organizations and individuals seeking to create independent projects and initiatives which support further investment in upper Manhattan neighborhoods.
Harlem CDC has four primary departments: Commercial Development, Residential Development, Planning & Development, and the Weatherization Assistance Program.