About Us

Solutions Through Collaborations

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) was born from the need to implement the deliverables and expectations of the May 18, 2009 Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) between Columbia University and West Harlem Local Development Corporation. WHDC functions with the vision of building collaborations and leveraging resources to enhance the lives of the residents of West Harlem beyond the term of the CBA.

Since 2011 and through 2018, WHDC has funded 173 nonprofits for $10.8 million to serve West Harlem/Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9) residents with services in education, housing, workforce development, arts & culture, and more. At least 70,000 participants have been impacted.

MCD9 is bounded (south to north) by 110th and 155th Streets and (east to west) by Manhattan, Morningside, St. Nicholas, Bradhurst, and Edgecombe Avenues to the Hudson River.