Ascendant Neighborhood Development primarily serves communities in East and Central Harlem. But our network of affordable housing providers, advocates, and residents extends across Northern Manhattan and throughout the city. With a population of about 130,000 residents, East Harlem is one of the largest predominantly Latino neighborhoods in New York City — the result of waves of Puerto Rican and Latin American immigration to the area after World War I, followed by more South and Central American and Chinese arrivals throughout the 20th century.

In spite of demographic changes over the last decade, and a more recent influx of higher-income, white inhabitants, East Harlem is still mostly populated by people of color, and remains an immigrant neighborhood.

East Harlem and Northern Manhattan, like many areas of New York City, are facing a new kind of housing challenge today: rapid for-profit development of residential and commercial properties is driving astronomical real estate speculation, raising rents far beyond the reach of long-time community members, paving the way for the displacement of residents, and threatening the social and cultural fabric of the area. 

Organizations like ours must evolve to address these city-wide challenges, and to meet the needs of our residents in the face of these changes. We serve our neighborhoods by approaching community development holistically, and by working to secure not only affordable housing, but also critical services, socioeconomic support, and community-driven planning for New Yorkers most at risk of displacement.

AND serves low-income New Yorkers in Northern Manhattan by developing and preserving affordable housing that fits the needs of our community members.

Our portfolio, which spans 28 buildings and 690 apartments, includes 669 homes reserved for households with income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI), 207 homes for households with income at or below 60% of AMI, 259 homes for households with income at or below 50% AMI, and 36 homes for households with income at or below 30% AMI.

216 of our apartments are reserved for elder residents (age 62 and older), 72 for people who have experienced homelessness, and 26 specialized units for residents with mobility, sight, or hearing challenges. 
And we’re expanding! We have several projects in the pipeline that will increase the number of new homes available to low-income, elder, youth, and LGBTQ New Yorkers.   Read more about our upcoming projects in our Project Pipeline section!