West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc (WHGA)
West Harlem / Hamilton Heights / Sugar Hill
West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA), a community based development corporation, was established more than 30 years ago to revitalize the under-invested West and Central Harlem communities - riddled with dilapidated and abandoned buildings. Ironically, WHGA's primary function has become to quell the negative impact of such rapid gentrification on our low to moderate income constituency as Harlem, over the past several years, is experiencing an influx of new businesses and investments.
It is also ironic that WHGA has played a major role in this era of Harlem's prosperity often referred to as the "Second Harlem Renaissance". In the 70s and 80s our tenant organizing operation prevented numerous arson attempts by gluttonous slum landlords seeking insurance payoffs. In the late 80's WHGA began re-building entire blocks which lay so vacant and destitute that even New York's poorest were only remotely interested in living there.
As the new millennium approached significant community and city based reconstruction had taken place. The once infamously barren communities of Harlem were becoming increasingly attractive to the for- profit sector. -There was the potential to generate revenue in a rapidly growing neighborhood where land was still relatively inexpensive - compared to neighboring communities on the southern border, known as the Upper Westside.
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1652 Amsterdam Avenue
at West 141 Street
New York, NY 10031
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