Harlem Congregation for Community Improvement

2854 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10039

Lucille McEwen, President/CEO
(212) 281-4887



Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) is committed to the holistic revitalization of Harlem. They provide economic development and empowerment opportunities to help Harlem residents rebuild and sustain their community. Founded in 1986, HCCI is a coalition of more than 90 inter-faith congregations that has implemented a comprehensive portfolio of programs to provide affordable housing and safe streets; offer opportunities for individuals and groups to become and remain economically independent; increase understanding of and access to health care; and provide substantive educational programs for adults and young people. Through alliances with other community organizations, elected officials and local residents, HCCI has also helped reduce crime in the community; increase public sanitation; and preserve and transform open space.

HCCI’s Programs:

  • Scattered-Site Housing

HWS provides 60 units of Scattered-Site Housing for 15 families and 45 individuals living with HIV or AIDS. Supported by the New York City Human Resources Administration, HCCI provides case management; individual, family and group counseling; support groups, permanency planning; and risk reduction and support.

  • Food Card and Access Program

HCCI is one of five community-based organizations (CBO) that partner with the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) to pre-screen Harlem residents in targeted neighborhoods who might be eligible for food stamp benefits.

  • Community Health Advocate Program

HCCI provides the community with updated information on new Health Insurance programs available for our community. HCCI covers topics such as Medicare update, How to advocate for yourself, Understanding Medicaid managed care, How to choose the right health insurance plan.

  • Keeping Harlem Healthy
    HCCI’s workshops educate community residents on strategies to prevent heart attack and stroke. Topics include: Understanding Cholesterol, Understanding High Blood Pressure, and Understanding Diabetes. These PowerPoint workshops are visually entertaining and engaging for participants.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Twice weekly, the Resource Center signs up qualifying mothers and their children for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children which helps improve the health of those who are at nutritional risk.

Address: WIC is at 2749 8th Avenue (Corner of 146th Street)

Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00am to 2:00pm