Company Overview

Highland Park Community Development Corporation

3236 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY, 11208


William Ruiz, Executive Director
Phone: 347-240-3262


About Highland Park Community

Year Founded


State of Inc.

New York



Employees Total


Tilden Hall

117 Units

Doña Elsie

101 Units

Brooklyn Sanctuary

86 Units

Manhatten Sanctuary

160 Units

* Revenue & Employees are estimates

What We Do

Highland Park Community Development Corp. (HPCDC) administers an array of programs to address the problems of homelessness in New York City. Our programs provide a continuum of services for homeless, at-risk, and low-income households. HPCDC programs are designed to provide shelter for the homeless and offer essential services to stabilize housing situations and increase levels of self-sufficiency. We take pride in our ability to provide shelter, awaken hope, and honor dignity in every person who seeks comfort, support, or assistance through our programs. With outstanding support from the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Tilden Hall opened the doors to its new, stand-alone homeless shelter on (date). The new facility offers studios and one-bedroom apartments; daycare and indoor play space and literacy programs for children; guests can access employment and housing information; and an on-site mini resource center where guests can access information on potential employment and housing opportunities.

Client Care Coordinator

Client Care Coordinators (CCC) are funded through Thrive NYC, which is an unprecedented, citywide commitment to close critical gaps in mental healthcare. In partnership with 12 city agencies and nearly 200 non-profits, Thrive NYC’s programs reach people with the highest need – those with serious mental illness, those affected by trauma, and those living in historically under-served neighborhoods. Our programs eliminate barriers to care for all New Yorkers by providing free services in over 200 languages, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Tilden Hall Residence/Doña Elise’s is one of those programs.

At Highland Park Community Development Corporation, CCCs will be utilized to bridge the gap between families and their needed resources. They will provide a service to vulnerable families by linking them to the appropriate community service providers such as Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Services, Sex Abuse Services, as well as services for the Sex Offender population we serve. At Tilden Hall/Doña Elise’s, we have identified some of the most concerning areas of deficit for families.

What We Provide


At Childcare, all our activities and lesson plans are designed to keep the children engaged and reinforce early childhood education learning strategies. Some of our signature activities are Circle Time includes, including reading different books to the children and allowing them to identify colors, shapes, and animals in various books – we always applaud their efforts and skills to build self-confidence. Lesson Time focuses on crucial early childhood skills such as handwriting their names, recognizing similar and different things such as shapes, sizes, colors, and doing arts& crafts worksheets that help teach and reinforce knowledge of their ABCs 123s, colors, and shapes. Free Play is just that, fun playtime together. During this time, the children play with different toys and games while also learning overall social skills – interacting and sharing with each other. At Childcare, we promote a language-rich environment – one in which children are surrounded by talking, singing, and reading. We have many opportunities throughout their day, across all activities, to communicate with others and engage in back-and-forth conversations. A rich language environment is essential to children’s early learning. It can have substantial effects on early language, vocabulary, reading, math skills, and children’s social-emotional development. In addition to these activities, we serve healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks to reinforce healthy eating to keep our children energized throughout the day.

Meet Our Housing Specialists


The Housing Specialist assists with housing search and placement along with leveraging supportive services that will assist the participant household to maintain permanent housing. Housing Specialists at Tilden Hall Family Residence help each resident family during their search to qualify, locate, and secure permanent living status. With a variety of different Housing Programs available in NYC, the Housing Specialist will help to identify programs and support services. The Housing Specialist will also assist in your search for a suitable and affordable home, within the parameters of your qualifications.


Our responsibilities include orienting all eligible participants to the program and providing housing search and supportive services to promote participants’ self-sufficiency, integration into the community, and permanency in housing; performing administrative tasks involved in the review and maintenance of a caseload of program participants. The principal duties are performed both in a general office environment and in the field and community where program participants reside. We proudly assist participants in the development of a strength-based/solution-focused individualized goal and action plan that promotes permanent housing and self-sufficiency; develop an effective, timely referral network to ensure ongoing direction and support as needed.
  • Conduct weekly meetings residents of the facility to discuss housing options
  • Maintain accurate and timely updated notes on all housing encounters with client
  • Complete and submit application inquiries for qualified housing programs on behalf of client
  • Explain programs details to client or potential options in the TriState Area
  • Refer Clients to potential viewings or housing opportunities that become available
  • Complete and Submit all program completed Move Packages
  • Physically Inspect Apartment Units
  • Provide mediation and advocacy with brokers/landlords/DHS and HRA on the client’s behalf to develop a workable plan to obtain and or maintain housing.
  • Provide information and referral assistance regarding available support from appropriate social service agencies and/or community programs.
  • Apply knowledge of residential lease contracts to educate clients of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Assist client with acquiring Move Truck