Community Development Project

The Community Development Project (CDP) provides support for three client groups: low-income not-for-profit organizations, low-income entrepreneurs, and low-income housing cooperatives.

Areas of service include:

  • Incorporation
  • Financing
  • Tax issues
  • Lease negotiations
  • Corporate governance
  • Forming and advising low-income co-ops

Did you know…

Each year, CDP provides legal and technical assistance to more than 100 start-up businesses for low-income clients, grassroots not-for-profit organizations, and low-income housing cooperatives.

Case Example

When two immigrant siblings approached CDP, they dreamed of opening a Caribbean restaurant in Harlem. One was a home-health aide struggling to support her family, and the other an unemployed chef. CDP guided the pair through each step of the business process, helping with loan applications, equipment purchases, lease negotiations, and operating licenses. Thanks to CDP’s help, the restaurant was soon up and running, providing higher incomes for its owners, and generating five new jobs in the Harlem community.