Local residents and merchants founded Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) in 1983 because they had a vision for their community, a low-to-moderate income area in northeast Brooklyn with a large immigrant population. To this day, we believe that Cypress Hills can be a place where children receive high quality education that stimulates creativity, develops self-esteem, and prepares everyone for college. Families can live in decent, affordable housing and have good jobs. Our commercial strip can thrive and residents can join civic groups to express concerns and confront those in power to create change. Today, we serve 8,000 families annually. We develop affordable housing, counsel tenants and first-time homebuyers, provide support to parent and student groups organizing for better public schools, offer job training and placement services and technical assistance to local merchants, as well as afterschool programs, and college and vocational counseling for youth.