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Abyssinian Development Corporation’s human services have a significant impact on the Central Harlem community and beyond. From pre-K through to elderly living, ADC has resources and services that reach the entire Abyssinian Neighborhood.

Harlem Economic Literacy Program (H.E.L.P)

Since 2000, Abyssinian Development Corporation has delivered high-quality housing counseling through its Harlem Economic Literacy Program (H.E.L.P), one of the only programs in Harlem that is effectively meeting the needs of the community through its unique offering of pre-purchase education, post-purchase education and ongoing individual counseling. ADC is a trusted resource for homeowners who are in need of sound financial advice and support. Home-ownership is the most effective method to assists families in building assets, moving up the economic ladder and providing greater stability for their children. It continues to be a major driving force in the health of communities like Harlem and across the nation.

ADC employs both group workshops and individual counseling as methods to prepare NYC residents for home-ownership. We anticipate that participants receiving H.E.L.P. education and counseling services will experience an increased knowledge of the importance of building assets while boosting income as an innovative approach to greater self sufficiency. The true impact of H.E.L.P. will be seen when community participants remain self sufficient and build wealth through savings and home-ownership, allowing them to play a significant role in the economic improvement of Harlem.

Enrollment Eligibility

Services are available to all NYC residents, but are targeted to those with low or low-moderate incomes.

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H.E.L.P. Services

Pre-Purchase Services

  • Home buyers educational seminars
  • Individual counseling
  • HPD - Homefirst loan grant and other grant assistance programs
  • Section 8 homeownership counseling

Post-Purchase Services

  • Foreclosure prevention and resolution counseling
  • Transitional counseling
  • Making Homes Affordable Loan Modification (HAMP) application

Homeless Services at Abyssinian House

The Abyssinian Baptist Church established the Samuel D. Proctor Abyssinian House Tier II Family Residence - affectionately known as “Abby House” - in 1992, in response to the social distress and housing crisis experienced by Harlem residents. The residence was one of Abyssinian Development Corporation’s first efforts to revitalize the Harlem community and continues to meet the needs of 25 displaced families throughout the New York City area. The Samuel D. Proctor Abyssinian House utilizes a collaborative strength-based approach to assist families in moving toward self-sufficiency into permanent housing.

Enrollment Eligibility

Eligibility for Abby House is determined by the NYC Department of Homeless Services for families requesting temporary housing.

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Abby House Services

  • Intensive case management
  • Permanent housing placements
  • Onsite childcare
  • Enrichment services
  • Linkages to Human Resource Administration (HRA) programs
  • Vocational & job training referrals
  • Health, mental health & substance abuse referrals
  • Supportive counseling
  • Life Planning Workshops

Senior Services at Abyssinian Towers

ADC’s senior program supports elder-residents housed at Abyssinian Towers, our 99-unit senior citizen housing development. ADC proudly sponsors Senior Leadership Training to train Harlem’s senior advocates to lead civic engagement activities and voice social justice issues regarding their population. ADC’s Senior Services was recently awarded a contract from the Department for the Aging to provide meals to our senior constituents.

Enrollment Eligibility

Applicants must be seniors 60 years of age or older.

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Senior Services

  • Case management
  • Information & referrals
  • Home visits
  • Entitlement assistance
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Health & medication assessment
  • Fitness & aerobics activities
  • Socialization and wellness activities
  • Social & cultural recreation
  • On-site nurse

Workforce Development with YouthBuild

Abyssinian Development Corporation’s YouthBuild is a program designed to serve the needs of Harlem youth ages 17-24. Through YouthBuild services, young people work toward their GED, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing and becoming community leaders.

The ADC YouthBuild program model integrates education, leadership development, counseling, construction, and other vocational training skills, along with resources for graduates. Students are provided with comprehensive services and support to develop knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for post secondary success.

Enrollment Eligibility

Participants must be between the ages of 17 and 24, without a high school diploma or GED Certification, AND one or more of the following:

  • A member of a low-income family
  • A youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care)
  • A youth offender
  • The child of an incarcerated parent
  • A migrant youth

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YouthBuild Services

  • GED Instruction
  • Construction Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Counseling
  • Graduate Services
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