Set up in 1997, the North East Community Development Council (CDC) serves a population of over 860,000 residents in three Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and two Single Member Constituencies (SMCs). They are Aljunied, Pasir Ris – Punggol, Tampines GRCs, Hougang and Punggol East SMCs.  North East CDC administers financial and employment assistance to residents in need as well as works closely with community and corporate partners to plan outreach programmes to promote bonding and social cohesion. North East CDC is headed by Mayor Desmond Choo.