Harlem Community Development Corporation (“HCDC”), 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 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 the creation of partnerships, HCDC 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, HCDC 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 within upper Manhattan.
HCDC 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.