WHDC Funds Second Summer Senior Employment Program for CD9 Residents Ages 55+

April 8, 2014
West Harlem Development Corporation is funding its second Summer Senior Employment Program. We are holding four information sessions this month.

Eligible Participants Are:

  • Age 55+
  • Living in West Harlem’s Community District 9 (Manhattan Community District 9 is defined S to N: from 110th St. to 155th St.; E to W: fromManhattan, Morningside, St Nicholas, Bradhurst and Edgecombe Avenues to the Hudson River).
  • Interested in serving the community while earning a modest stipend

Summer Seniors Employment Program is connecting residents of Community District 9 with part-time, paid service positions at local nonprofits for up to 120 hours this summer. This is a great opportunity to remain active over the summer, utilize your existing talents or develop new skills, while earning $10/hour.

Interested in learning more? Please R.S.V.P. via email or phone at nramirez@westharlemdc.org or 646.476.3394 to register to attend one of the following information sessions:
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jackie Robinson Center, 1301 Amsterdam Ave. (Entrance through 123rd St. Housing Development)
  • Thursday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 22, both at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Morningside Retirement & Health Services, 100 LaSalle St. #MC (Between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 463 W. 142nd St. (Between Amsterdam and Convent Ave.) *This session is translated into Spanish
Attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory for participation in the program. Please also share this with a friend!
To see how this program may affect your retirement benefits, click here.

WHDC seeks proposals for Community District 9 Affordable Housing Program Administrator

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) is seeking proposals from experienced and qualified not-for-profit organizations, and community development entities to function as the Manhattan CD9 Affordable Housing Program Administrator (Housing Administrator) as the principal activity under WHDC’s management of an Affordable Housing Fund (Fund).

The Housing Administrator will report to WHDC, working with the Affordable Housing Committee (Committee) of the WHDC Board to:

  • Design initiatives and programs to provide a range of flexible and affordable financing products to community-based and private developers for the purpose of preserving and developing affordable housing units in the Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9) area of West Harlem. The boundaries of MCD9 are defined as: South to North from 110th street to 155th street; East to West from Manhattan, Morningside, St. Nicholas, Bradhurst and Edgecombe Avenues to the Hudson River (See map in Exhibit II).
  • Leverage and attract additional funds from public and private sources in the form of debt, equity, and subsidy to supplement and expand the $20 million seed money from Columbia University, described below, for the preservation and development of affordable housing in MCD9. It is the intention of WHDC to create a revolving fund that maintains the corpus of the initial amount of the Fund.
  • Supervise the contractual and development processes of financing and development of housing units from the beginning to the end of projects.
  • Keep WHDC’s Board and its Committee informed of activities and progress.
  • Manage relationships with and among stakeholders, including but not limited to: investors, developers, MCD9’s elected officials, members of the Board of WHDC, applicable New York City agencies, and Community Board 9.

Starting in 2011 and over 25 years, Columbia University (“Columbia”) is constructing approximately 6.8 million square feet of educational mixed-use development that will comprise the new Columbia University Manhattanville campus in West Harlem (Manhattanville Project).  The 17-acre site that Columbia is developing is north of Columbia’s historic Morningside Heights campus and consists of the four large blocks from 129th to 133rd Streets between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue, including the north side of 125th Street, as well as additional areas on the east side of Broadway from 131st to 134th Streets.

Pursuant to the Restrictive Declaration entered into by Columbia University and as recognized in the May 18, 2009 Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) between Columbia and the predecessor organization to WHDC, the West Harlem Local Development Corporation (WHLDC), Columbia has committed to pay $20 million for the creation of an Affordable Housing Fund in two installments of $10 million each, triggered by two phases of construction. Phase I covers the period 2008-2025, and Phase II will cover 2025-2033. The goal of the Fund is to maximize the preservation and new development of affordable housing in MCD9. The objective is to address the potential for the Manhattanville Project to result in indirect residential displacement through increasing rents. The Manhattan CD9 Affordable Housing Program (Housing Program) is a program of the WHDC and as envisaged by the CBA, it seeks to use the Fund to preserve and develop affordable housing in MCD9. As of date, Columbia has paid the first $10 million installment. The second installment may not materialize for at least 10 years from the date of this document. The $10 million paid by Columbia for phase one is currently held in escrow by the New York City Law Department, and is expected to be released to WHDC’s Fiscal Sponsor to fund the Housing Program.

WHDC will issue this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) on April 10, 2014 to identify and select the Housing Administrator. All proposals submitted will become the property of WHDC.  Note that Proposers will be prohibited from receiving payments from the Fund as property developers or rehabilitators.

A Proposers’ Conference will be held on Thursday April 24, 2014 in the office of WHDC at 3:00pm. If a different location is necessary, it shall be announced to prospective participants. The conference is not mandatory but parties interested in responding to this RFP are strongly urged to attend. Attendees should R.S.V.P. with Natali Ramirez at nramirez@westharlemdc.org or 646-476-3394.

An initial letter of Intent to Submit a Proposal must be postmarked by Monday May 12, 2014. A Proposal Application will be made available on-line to those invited to submit proposals by midnight on Wednesday May 28, 2014. The deadline for submitting the completed electronic proposal in response to this RFP is midnight (EST) on Friday July 18, 2014.  WHDC will announce the winning proposal(s) by September 30, 2014.

To download the full RFP, click here.


The Intent to Submit a Proposal must be mailed to:

 The Executive Director, Dr. Kofi A. Boateng

West Harlem Development Corporation

423 West 127th Street, Ground Floor, Suite A

New York, NY 10027

WHDC Pre-grant Application is Now Available, Due April 18

April 2, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) released the pre-grant application for the first grant cycle of 2014 on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The application is available here. New applicants will have to create an online account to complete the application. Grant recipients from Cycle 1 of 2013 need to login and click on “Apply” on their dashboard. For funding consideration, Cycle 1 grant recipients will need to submit a preliminary final report before April 11, 2014 if you have not done so already. Grant recipients from Cycle 2 of 2013 are not eligible to apply during this cycle. If you have any questions about the application, please email grants@westharlemdc.org.

This cycle marks the organization’s bold new direction to invest for measurable impact. In line with its strategic vision, residents of Community Board 9 are WHDC’s customers not the nonprofit organizations. This deliberate emphasis is designed to ensure that needs are met and lives are improved while giving WHDC quantifiable data to use in leveraging additional funds for the community’s human capacity development.

“This new direction promises to make WHDC a model organization,” said Kofi A. Boateng, WHDC Executive Director. “By investing for impact, we will be able to make measurable and significant contributions to the lives of the people of West Harlem.”

In 2014, WHDC’s funding priorities will shift dollars towards areas of priorities, defined in our Sustainable Community Development Goals, and to good performers that will help the organization to solve the community’s problems. The priority areas will include education, workforce development, housing and health, while respecting the eight areas of need—which also include arts and culture, historical preservation, transportation and the environment—outlined in Community Benefits Agreement.

WHDC will use these priority areas as guides in its investing for impact while requiring measurable data that show who in Community District 9 is impacted and how. This move allows the organization to apply for additional funds from the government and foundations that require such measurable proof of impact in the community.

“When WHDC applies for funds, it must demonstrate measurable results. We shall demand no less from our grantees,” said Donald C. Notice, WHDC Board Chair. “This is the only way to tell a collective story of impact.”

Important dates of the grant cycle include:

  • Tuesday, April 2: Pre-grant application released
  • Friday, April 18: Pre-grant application deadline
  • Mid May: Grant application invitations to selected organizations
  • Monday, June 9: Grant application deadline
  • Late July: Grant awards announced

WHDC to conduct lottery for 12 Columbia University summer camp scholarships

March 28, 2014


West Harlem Development Corporation will conduct a lottery for 12, two-week scholarships to Columbia University’s Roar-ee’s Cubs Camp this summer.

The scholarships are for Community District 9 residents only. CD9 runs from 110th Street until 155th Street from the Hudson River to an eastern boundary along Manhattan, Morningside, St Nicholas, Bradhurst and Edgecombe Avenues.

Winning applicants will receive a free two-week session between June 16 and August 15. The application, which you will find in a link below, allows you to pick which two weeks you would prefer as well as an alternate session.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.  Selected recipients will be contacted on Wednesday, May 7 by 5 p.m.

The camp is for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Drop off is between 8:30 and 9 a.m., and the camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The sessions are held at Dodge Fitness Center, located at 120th Street and Broadway, or Baker-Athletics Complex, 533 W. 218th St. If a winning applicant chooses Baker and wants to take part in the bus shuttle, it costs, per week, $100 for a round trip and $50 for one way. For more information please visit the website.

Please read the application carefully and submit it either via fax c/o Summer Camp Lottery West Harlem Development Corp. at (646) 476-5588 or to our office:


West Harlem Development Corporation

423 W. 127th St. Ground Floor Suite A

New York, NY 10027


Click here to download the application


WHDC to fund 200 Summer Youth Employment Positions

March 14, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) will fund 200 positions for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). This will bring WHDC’s total contribution for the past four years to 1,100 positions for $1.5 million.

We encourage all West Harlem residents between the ages of 14 and 24 (as of July 1, 2014) to apply. The application opened up earlier this month, and the deadline to apply is April 25. The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development administers the program and the application process. Please see their website to apply and for more information.

SYEP is a great way for teens and young adults to earn money while working at community-based organizations during the summer. The program keeps them occupied, teaches them work skills and helps them learn about their community.

The program runs for six weeks from July 7 through August 16 and pays $8 an hour for up to 25 hours of work per week. This age demographic often finds it hardest to find jobs in an economy where older adults are also in need of work. WHDC is proud to fund positive and fulfilling work for teens and young adults.

WHDC to Hold Pre-Grant Meeting on March 25

March 13, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation will hold a Pre-Grant Meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. at P.S. 129′s auditorium, 425 W. 130th St.

This meeting will detail the pre-grant application process, our Collective Impact strategy and community development goals. We will also discuss expectations and the importance of the use of measurable outcomes that demonstrate your programs will serve and have a transformative impact on the lives of Community District 9 residents.

WHDC took a survey at a community meeting in December 2013, and the results showed the community’s desire for better-quality education for children, more affordable housing options/retention, improved health and community facilities and effective workforce and economic development. We have listened to the community’s desires and have defined Sustainable Community Development Goals in these four areas and will grant funding to programs that best move us towards reaching them.  Reaching these goals will help all of us to fulfill our mission of promoting increased economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community for all Community District 9 residents.

Please note: WHDC grantees who received their awards in October are not eligible to apply in this cycle.

Please R.S.V.P. to mnaanes@westharlemdc.org by March 21. Please click here to learn more about the Sustainable Community Development Goals and see below for important dates in this grant cycle:

  • Tuesday, April 2:   Pre-grant application released
  • Friday, April 18:    Pre-grant application deadline
  • Mid May:               Grant application invitations to selected organizations
  • Monday, June 9:   Grant application deadline
  • Late July:              Grant awards announced


WHDC Financial Statement through December 31, 2014

February 28, 2014

Click here to download the document.

Nominate a Policy Activist and Advocates for Expanding Access, Equity and Opportunity in Education

February 5, 2014

Tides 2014 JBL Awards (Tides is WHDC’s fiscal sponsor)

Tides is proud to announce that nominations are open for the 2014 Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy. Each year the JBL Awards honor policy activists and advocates by recognizing work that demonstrates innovative approaches to social change and a deep commitment to the public interest. The issues and geographic areas in which we make awards vary from year to year.

Named after Jane Bagley Lehman, one of the founders of Tides and board chair until her death in 1988, these awards honor the life and legacy of this unconventional philanthropist whose insatiable curiosity was matched by her willingness to take risks. Jane was inspired by the approaches and strategies of grassroots advocates and organizers and their willingness to challenge traditional assumptions. She also cared deeply that the results of these efforts were translated into public policy.

Expanding access, equity and opportunity in education

Since “A Nation at Risk,” through “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) and into the “Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (ESEA), our national conversation has centered on the importance of access to an excellent education for every child in America. It is uncontested that educational achievement is a leading indicator for an individual’s quality of life. Yet the challenges that confront our education system are far-reaching. These challenges include unequal access for diverse learners and underserved populations in K-12 education, through high school and college students graduating with inadequate mathematical, scientific, cross-cultural and linguistic skills needed to compete in the global workforce. These concerns are not new, but the ways in which we tackle these issues can be.

The 2014 JBL Awards will recognize grassroots advocates who are working diligently to bring about educational equity. Eligible nominees are activists who are working at a state level and collaborating with others to:


  • Develop innovative approaches and systems
  • Support responsive and effective teachers and leaders
  • Identify and more deeply involve key stakeholders such as families, educators, and agencies
  • Remove obstacles to making all levels of education affordable, accessible and attainable

The award recipients will be honored with up to $10,000 each.


Nominees will have organized and mobilized educational resources, stakeholders or personnel to affect statewide policy or education systems. They will be tireless advocates for educational equity and access. The nominee’s actions and attitude will be one that strives for accountability and excellence, all while promoting collaboration and inclusion.

Excluded Activities

The JBL Awards supports individual grassroots activists. We will not consider requests to fund organizations and institutions, lobbying, political or fraternal activities.



Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, April 1 to jblawards@tides.org.

To learn more about the nomination process and more about the JBL Awards, please visit


Please forward this link to any colleagues, funder partners or leaders in the field who you think may be good nominators!

Bookkeeping Independent Contractor for WHDC

December 16, 2013

Request for Independent Contractor Services



Date of Announcement: December 16, 2013


The Assignment

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) seeks an individual to provide bookkeeping services as an independent contractor effective January 2014 or earlier. The assignment will be renewable annually.


The Company

WHDC was incorporated in 2011 as a Delaware Corporation. It is the successor corporation to the former West Harlem Local Development Corporation. WHDC manages the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that exists as an outcome of the expansion by Columbia University to build a campus in Manhattanville, West Harlem. The CBA contains provisions for cash and in kind benefits for the Community District 9 area of West Harlem that is payable over several years by Columbia University. Central among these are the $76million Benefit Fund, payable over 16 years with a current balance of 10 years remaining, and the $20 million Affordable Housing Fund payable in two installments with one paid. The first installment is currently held in escrow by the New York City Department of Law. To date, WHDC has paid nearly $3million in grants to 110 nonprofits to benefit the CD 9 area. In addition, it has paid nearly $1.3 million to provide summer jobs for 900 youth and 50 seniors from the benefit area.


WHDC’s Fiscal Sponsorship and Accounting

WHDC currently uses Tides Center as its fiscal agent. This means that WHDC initiates all disbursements but Tides makes all the actual payments and maintains the accounting ledger.  WHDC’s intent is to create a shadow set of a general ledger in preparation for independent financial audits and reporting. WHDC does not maintain bank accounts of its own. The workers at WHDC are the employees of Tides Center. Tides Foundation is a related entity of Tides Center that manages the grant activities of WHDC. As such Tides Foundation maintains a cash balance and activity details separate from those of Tides Center.


Accounting System

WHDC has purchased FUND EZ Accounting Software to use for its general ledger system.


Duties of Bookkeeper

The bookkeeper will:

  1. Enter the original source documents into FUNDEZ according to the chart of accounts that WHDC (with the bookkeeper) will set up.
  2. Ensure that the source documents are the same as those that have been entered into the general ledger of Tides Center. While specific accounting and distribution may be different, there will be no more or less source document entries into FUNDEZ than are entered on a monthly basis by Tides Center.
  3. Reconcile the cash balance maintained by Tides Center and Tides Foundation to that of FUNDEZ.
  4. Prepare monthly and year-to-date financial statements from FUNDEZ and reconcile these to the financial statements from Tides Center and/or Tides Foundation.
  5. Maintain the records of the original source documents on a monthly basis or by vendor to facilitate audits.
  6. Undertake additional duties as required by the Executive Director of WHDC.



Skills Required

  1. Experience with using FUNDEZ general ledger system for at least five years.
  2. At least ten years working experience in an accounting environment.
  3. Ability to work with others and also alone.
  4. A minimum of High School/GED with at least 10 years working experience in an office setting employing computers.
  5. Detail-oriented and organized.


Work Environment

WHDC’s office is an open environment. Personal conversations and loudness should be held to a minimum. The bookkeeper will need to file documents and lift folders of documents. There will be no employee benefits paid to the bookkeeper.


Working Hours and Compensation

As an independent contractor, the bookkeeper will maintain own hours and submit to the Executive Director for payment via a monthly invoice.  The independent contractor will be responsible for paying own social security and income taxes.  We estimate that it will take 15 to 20 hours a month. The hourly fee will range between $35 and $50 depending on the experience, education, and skills of the bookkeeper.


Equal Opportunity Contractor


West Harlem Development Corporation, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity contractor. Applicants and consultants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.



Interested applicants should send their resume and three references to:


The Executive Director

West Harlem Development Corporation








WHDC Announces Bold Community Development Goals for West Harlem

December 13, 2013

West Harlem Development Corporation announced that the organization is working toward bold goals for West Harlem and is restructuring its granting process at a meeting where 250 residents and nonprofit directors were in attendance on December 12.

WHDC Executive Director Kofi A. Boateng laid out the organization’s strategy to tackle the community’s greatest problems of educational gaps, high unemployment and lack of resources to help vulnerable populations. Boateng laid out bold goals for the community and shared his plan to do so, which includes partnering with the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

If we all come together, think together, dream together, measure together, and deliver together, the future is very exciting,” Boateng said. “I strongly believe that when we create a transformative urban model that excites the guardians of resources, we shall not want for what will be needed to scale up the successful programs that WHDC-funded local nonprofits run to reach the entire community, first of CD 9 West Harlem, and then to the whole of Harlem.”

The audience received the plan well, often praising WHDC in the question and answer session of the meeting. Others implored the community to band together to achieve the goals.

WHDC wants all West Harlem children to attend universal pre-k, to have most West Harlem teens graduate high school and go on to complete their college education, adults find good paying jobs, streets well-lit and free of crime, affordable housing, health and wellness resources and all of the aspects that make for a vibrant community.

After a retreat in November, the WHDC board decided to focus on education, workforce and economic development, community facilities (including health), and housing. As examples, arts and culture should have education and workforce and economic development objectives. The environment, Transportation, and Historic Preservation can likewise have education and economic development goals.

The organization has set its sights high with such goals because West Harlem is a manageable community with a population of 110,000, is located in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and is surrounded by formidable educational institutions. WHDC will forge new partnerships and welcome all who will assist in kind, direction, and with resources.

The strategy sets measurable goals for the next 10 years and rallies several partners from the nonprofit, government, institutional, and philanthropic sectors for a West Harlem Collective Impact.

In setting community development goals, we will establish base line data in all categories. This exercise may provide opportunities for nonprofit organizations, youth and seniors to conduct surveys and collect data.

WHDC has already secured its first major partner, the Earth Institute of Columbia University, which brings international experience in setting and managing the millennium development goals for the United Nations. In just a few weeks working with them, Professor Sachs and his colleagues have demonstrated palpable excitement to work with us to build an urban model. As an example, they will assemble a data management team to start mapping the community, creating an interactive online feature for people to find resources.

WHDC will defer new grant activity until the second quarter of 2014. During the first quarter, WHDC will finalize the metrics that will be attached to the goals for new grants and the collaborations that will be required. We will use a combination of RFP and our traditional grant-making process to achieve the goals.

The WHDC board has approved a budget of $2 million for the combined RFP and grant activities for 2014. The RFPs and grants invitations will then go out to solicit applications from nonprofits in the community.

WHDC will hold grant applicants to meet the goals they set forth to maintain progress in improving economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community, holding fast the mission of the organization.

WHDC is pleased to have given out grants totaling nearly $3 million to 110 organizations from inside and outside West Harlem, however, we cannot continue the mode of “sprinkling dollars” because in ten years, the benefit fund from Columbia University would run out without any obvious substantive achievements. In WHDC’s research, we engaged with people and organizations that are doing cutting edge sustainable development work locally and internationally to learn from them and to develop our own strategy for West Harlem.

“The $150 million in cash and in kind services from Columbia of the CBA is a down payment,” said Donald C. Notice, WHDC board chair. “The return will be how well we use it.”

To put things in perspective, if WHDC converted everything into cash with no administrative cost, no vision, no partners, the organization could pay $1,363, or $85 a year for 16 years, to every one of the 110,000 residents of CD9 West Harlem. The act is unimaginative and without legacy.

Instead, WHDC is taking on the challenge of transforming a community where everyone who needs any service to move up the social ladder is assisted in a perpetual and regenerative stream. WHDC is following the original vision of the community when Community Board 9 assessed its needs for the 197A Plan.




Goals in Education:

  • Promote the availability of pre-K for 100% of eligible children in the community.
  • Increase parental role in education.
  • Social/emotional/healthy eating support services for 100% of school-age children.
  • Quality after-school and summer employment programs for all with goal of raising Levels 3 and 4 standardized testing for 3rd and 8th graders, and Regency passing rates for most of community’s school children.
  • High school graduation rates greater than 90 percent within four years for all.
  • GED/Vocational (training/high school diploma for all non-graduating high school students
  • Most college students graduate within four years.
  • Productive employment/skills/graduate school training for all eligible.


Goals in Workforce/Economic Development

  • Maintain community unemployment rate no higher than national unemployment rate
  • Develop skills for low-income residents to earn living wages.
  • Train for jobs of the future.
  • Assess and provide job-readiness services for 100% of community residents at risk.
  • Financial and growth resources for small businesses.


Goals in Community Facilities (Including Health)

  • Elimination/Reduction of environmental diseases.
  • Comprehensive medical care and wellness services for all.
  • Positive intervention outcomes for dislocated youth, formerly incarcerated, seniors and all other vulnerable populations.
  • Availability of community facilities for multipurpose use.


Goals in Housing (To be funded by the affordable housing fund)

  • Displacement/Harassment Prevention.
  • Preservation and increase of affordable housing.
  • Quality of life assistance for seniors.



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