Serving the Harlem Community Since 1983
Housing and Community Development

ECDO, Inc. emerged as a principal in tenant organizing in 1989, when TIL (Tenant Interim Lease) tenants and local civic leaders formed the Community Board # 9/TIL Coalition. Since then, ECDO’s involvement in issues involving affordable housing has been ongoing. ECDO has developed over 600 units of affordable housing throughout Harlem and over 20,000-sq. ft. of commercial storefront. Listed below are projects that ECDO has developed into affordable rental and first homeowner housing opportunities:

If you need an application for housing, please click the link below.

ECDO conducted a community needs assessment. The Residential Needs Assessment Survey can be obtained by clicking on the link.

C&C Apartment Application
Resident Assessment Survey

Affordable Housing Development…….Our Buildings
Owned by ECDO/City Wide Preservation. Managed by C&C Affordable

In tribute to the great contributions made by fellow Harlemnites and in their honor, ECDO named several of our building after them.

ECDO HDFC INC 460 Convent Avenue
Harlem Valley I 425-29 W. 125th Street
Harlem Valley II 439 W. 125th Street

James Vander Zee Houses

471 W. 125th Street., 409-13 W. 125th Street and 439 W. 126th Street

James Van der Zee (1886-1983) was a renowned, Harlem-based photographer known for his posed, storied pictures capturing African-American citizenry and celebrity.
Augusta Savage Houses

809 St. Nicholas Avenue, 1789-91 Amsterdam Ave., 55 St. Nicholas Place, and 830-832 St. Nicholas Avenue

Augusta Savage (1892-1962) began molding clay at an early age and pursued a career in the arts as a sculptor. She was soon commissioned to create a portrait bust of W.E.B. Du Bois and other African American leaders. Savage shared her art and experiences through teaching in the Harlem community and became the first director of the Harlem Community Arts Center.
AVSB Associates LP 34 St. Nicholas Place
Owned by ECDO and Managed by C&C Affordable
ECDO Houses 361 W. 126th Street, 363 W. 126th Street, 367 W. 126th Street, 364 W. 127th Street, 366 W. 127th Street, 39 W. 126th Street, 44 W. 126th Street, 452 St. Nicholas Avenue and 122 W. 119th Street
Zora Neal Hurston Houses

107 Morningside Avenue, 109 Morningside Avenue, 111 Morningside Ave. 433-435 W. 126th Street, 464 W. 126th Street, 457 W. 125th Street and 36 St. Nicholas Place.

Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. She was one of many writers and artists lived in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s and were part of a vibrant, creative community that found its voice in what came to be called the “Harlem Renaissance. Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature.
Richard Wright Houses

654 St. Nicholas Avenue 521-23 W. 144th Street

One of America’s greatest black writers, Richard Nathan Wright (1908-1960) was also among the first African American writers to achieve literary fame and fortune. His two most important works: Native Son, a novel, and his autobiography, Black Boy.
One family home that is owned by ECDO and currently
vacant pending funding for renovation and sale.
Countee Cullen

244 W. 136th Street

Cullen was an American poet and a leading figure with in the Harlem Renaissance.
Louis T. Wright Houses

511 W. 149th Street, 524 W. 150th Street, 455 Convent Avenue and 457 Convent Avenue

Louis Tompkins Wright (1891-1952) was an African-American surgeon, a hospital administrator and attended medical school at Harvard University. Racial barriers of the time prevent obstacles yet he maintained a lifelong perseverance for equal rights. The New York Police Department appointed him Police Surgeon in 1929. In 1935, the NAACP made Wright the chairman of its board. Eight years later Harlem Hospital made him its Chief of Surgery one of the most respected black professionals of his time.
Under ECDO’s Neighborhood Preservation Program NEW YORK STATE Homes & Community Renewal

Under the Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) program, ECDO also provides tenant and community organizing, technical assistance to owners and tenants of distressed buildings and property management. Click here for more information.