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Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Brooklyn

The Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) is a not-for-profit community organization, serving 8,000 residents a year through a comprehensive array of housing preservation, economic development, community organizing and youth and family support services programs and projects.

Participant Spotlight

Meet Helen. Helen is a volunteer who has dedicated her energy to developing libraries at settlement houses - specifically, five at Queens Community House locations. Thanks to her, books are well-organized so they can be better appreciated by those of all ages!   Read more

Meet Joel. He emigrated to New York from Panama, and just three and a half years ago, spoke no English. Through UNH Member Queens Community House's English for Speakers of Other Lanuages School, he excelled in his study of the language. Now, he works with QCH's Communtiy Action Group, using his new language skills to spread awareness of issues that affect the community.   Read more

Maria, an undocumented immigrant, volunteers with Queens Community House paralegal Carmen Gutierrez, helping other immigrants get their applications approved even while she waits for her own. For Maria, Queens Community House has been invaluableā€”as a classroom, a legal resource, and perhaps most importantly, a community.   Read more

Meet Mariah. As a teenager in the Lower East Side, she uses the after-school program at Educational Alliance to do homework, socialize, develop leadership skills, and take SAT preparation classes and get college counseling.   Read more

Meet Natalie. She's a 13-year old who frequents UNH member Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation's Beacon teen center, where she does homework, engages and socializes with friends, and attends extracurricular classes, such as dance. She and her peers also use it as an outlet to discuss difficult issues and develop an appreciation for community service.  Read more