Who We Are



At HHCD, our mission is to strengthen at-risk populations by expanding their access to viable resources that promote self-sufficiency, wellness and stability.

We accomplish this through

  • Comprehensive service provision

  • Developing low-income and affordable housing

  • Cultivating partnerships to foster economic development




We believe that by maintaining quality housing in safe, viable communities, families have a solid foundation on which to build a better quality of life.


Our Story


Holsten Human Capital Development (HHCD) is a 501©3 non-profit organization with the mission to strengthen at-risk populations by expanding their access to viable resources that promote self-sufficiency, wellness and stability through comprehensive service provision, developing low income and affordable housing and fostering economic development. As a service provider to nearly 1,000 low-income families, seniors and single adults residing in newly-built or rehabbed housing communities, HHCD works daily to empower clients to reach personal goals to improve their lives and their communities.

HHCD began as a division of Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation, one of Chicago’s foremost developers of affordable, market rate, mixed-income and mixed-use housing. HHCD was added in 1999 to support Holsten’s collaborative model of securing community input, improving commercial and retail spaces, providing employment and advocating for community revitalization.

HHCD assisted 80 CHA residents make the transition to private housing at North Town Village, one of the first developments to integrate public housing with moderate and market rental as well as market for-sale units. Since then, HHCD has helped over 600 CHA residents transition to private, mixed-income housing and has played an integral role in the development of successful mixed-income projects by providing comprehensive services and fostering community among diverse new neighbors.



HHCD operates three key program areas


Resident and Family Services. Comprehensive assessment, case management and services for families, seniors and homeless at-risk adults.

Workforce Development. Vocational and soft skills training and job placement, GED preparation, academic and career coaching; and targeted youth services including school re-engagement, job readiness training and college and advanced training preparedness; as well as summer youth employment.

Community Building. Consortium-building with community institutions, local businesses and non-profit partners to offer educational seminars, wellness programming, financial literacy, parent and youth development programs, and recreational activities to bring new neighbors together around common interests.


Holsten Human Capital Development 2017 Annual Report