Harlem Commonwealth Council

Address: 361 West 125th Street New York, NY, 10027

Phone: (212) 749-0900


Since 1967, the Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc. (HCC) has provided unwavering service to Harlem and its residents in the form of community-based economic development.

HCC was founded by Harlem business owners as a result of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Great Society Legislation.

Since its inception, Harlem Commonwealth’s area of focus has been asset-based community development—real property ownership and development - the major purpose of which was, and still is, the economic revitalization and ongoing vitality of Harlem, enabling residents to actively participate in that vitality.

HCC began by acquiring real estate along the West 125th Street business corridor, acquiring national businesses that sought to either discontinue operations or relocate out of the Harlem community. HCC also “incubated” local businesses by providing funding and technical assistance. In 2006, while continuing to maintain its real estate portfolio, HCC began addressing the needs of Harlem residents—individuals and businesses—by aiding in their growth and development through training and education as well as small business development.