Improving the quality of affordable housing

The mission of the Lower East Side Coalition Housing Development, Inc. (LESCHD) is to improve and stabilize the quality of life for local residents by the development of new construction and the substantial rehabilitation of vacant housing stock to preserve affordable housing for individuals of low-to-moderate income. The organization is committed to providing professional, community-based not for profit management of new and rehabbed buildings in its portfolio.

It’s been a great honor to be part of an active board that faithfully continues the mission of the LESCHD in developing, maintaining, and managing affordable housing. I’m proud to live in and serve a community that values and supports preservation of neighborhood and its housing stock.
— Anne Hayes; Board Chair

LESCHD History

The Lower East Side Coalition Housing Development, Inc. (LESCHD) is a housing development organization, active on New York City’s Lower East Side community since 1968. LESCHD evolved from a group of community residents and leaders of organizations active in housing, social and legal services into a coalition to provide community control over housing development in the Lower East Side. Read more here.

More than just a housing complex

The designated LESCHD catchment area is approximately 50 blocks in size located in the Lower East Side, also referred to Loisaida by its Latino population and more recently coined the East Village by the latest wave of students and young professionals. It is bound by 14th Street on the north, Avenue A on the west, Houston Street on the south and East River Drive to the east. The area features a ten acre park, Tompkins Square Park on the west, East River Park on the east and is dotted with local neighborhood gardens.

The majority of LESCHD units are in rehabbed tenement buildings of six floors or less in height, located on sites throughout the area. The general scale of these buildings is in keeping with the greater community of old style tenements. The well-maintained properties and streetscape appearance of the buildings blend in with the adjacent privately owned residential dwellings. Find out more about our buildings here.

LESCHD Mission

The mission of the Lower East Side Coalition Housing Development, Inc. (LESCHD) is to improve and stabilize the quality of life for local residents by the development of new construction and the substantial rehabilitation of vacant housing stock to preserve affordable housing for individuals of low-to-moderate income. The organization is committed to providing professional, community-based not for profit management of new and rehabbed buildings in its portfolio. Find out more about who we are.