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HCDC’s mission is to assist the communities of El Barrio/East Harlem, Central Harlem, West Harlem, and Washington Heights strengthen and improve local socioeconomics, cultural and small business development, housing conditions, tourism and other strategic initiatives that attract human and capital investment.

The Community Development department 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. Through various public and private partnerships, it engages in the formulation of strategy, participates in project development from conception through completion, strengthens workforce development, and holds various workshops and seminars with area home mortgage lenders focusing on credit, loan products, and money management.

The department provides HUD-certified housing counseling, including:

    • one-on-one counseling for first-time home buyers
    • mortgage modification assistance
    • foreclosure prevention assistance

The overall department goal is to create ongoing partnerships that provide opportunities for area residents and entrepreneurs to participate in the expanding socioeconomic, housing, cultural and other initiatives throughout Upper Manhattan.