Creating Flourishing Communities
Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) dba IMPACCT Brooklyn, is a passionate advocate, educator, and catalyst for helping residents build flourishing communities in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights.
In our work as a community development corporation, we pursue five major goals:
1. To preserve and develop safe and affordable housing, a basic human right.
2. To support vibrant local commerce through which small businesses serve the needs of community residents.
3. To sustain and develop an economic, racial, and cultural diversity to enrich the lives of all.
4. To promote knowledge, initiative, and concerted action to advance individual and common interests.
5. To foster an ethic that all members of the community bear personal responsibility to contribute to the greater good.
Our Vision for Central Brooklyn
IMPACCT Brooklyn works to create effective residential and business communities.
We work toward the day when:
- People have access to quality education, good jobs, and safe, affordable housing.
- Our communities are economically, racially, and culturally diverse.
- People learn from each other, trade with each other, and strive together in identifying and pursuing common interests.
- People embrace the pursuit of equality and justice through an ideal of personal responsibility and collective action.
- Market forces are tempered by purposeful and coordinated efforts of grassroots activists, community development organizations, socially responsible businesses, and progressive public officials, toward balancing the virtues of continuity and change.
- People have equal opportunity to influence public policy through voting and other political activities, toward establishing the framework within which people can flourish, pursuing both individual fulfillment and the greater good.
Our Strategy for Nurturing Strong Communities
1. AFFORDABLE HOUSING
First, we seek to preserve and create affordable housing, because fulfilling the fundamental right to affordable housing is a cornerstone for establishing human well-being, preventing displacement, and enhancing economic, racial, and cultural diversity.
2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Second, we seek to promote and support the development of small businesses and vibrant commercial corridors as the engines of opportunity to create jobs for community residents, bring better services to our neighborhoods, and enhance our community as a place to live.
3. COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Third, we seek to inform, to organize, and to galvanize members of the community, because residents, acting together toward common objectives, can oppose unnecessary displacement, demand accountability from private developers and public officials, and otherwise contribute to the greater good.
EXPLORE OUR HISTORY
Pratt Area Community Council, now IMPACCT Brooklyn, was formed by three civic-minded individuals — Reverend Richard Johnson, Amos Taylor and Furman Walls. Other organizations and individuals soon joined. Working together under the PACC banner, the people of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, the Wallabout Community, and later Bedford Stuyvesant, fought for decent, affordable housing, tenants’ rights, and economic renewal. Their efforts got attention and results from politicians, bureaucrats, recalcitrant landlords and private agencies.
Advocating for Housing Preservation
IMPACCT Brooklyn’s Housing Committee was established to create innovative ways to save deteriorating housing stock. An Anti-Demolition Committee was formed, galvanizing funds and volunteers to seal vacant properties quickly and properly. PACC advocated for a change in New York City policy, away from demolition and towards preservation, and instigated federal policy to arrange for the sale of federally financed abandoned buildings to local residents and the city seal-up program.
Developing Staff & Services
When housing abandonment was an epidemic, IMPACCT Brooklyn established a full-time, professionally staffed office and concentrated on keeping people in their homes, developing and preserving affordable housing, protecting tenant rights, and helping community residents become first-time homeowners or improve the properties they already owned.
Block Watch Program — funded by DYCD to patrol the neighborhoods of Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bedford Stuyvesant.
IMPACCT Brooklyn encouraged the formation of tenant associations, particularly in buildings where conditions had become intolerable. When the Mohawk building was vacated following a serious fire, PACC partnered with the Mohawk Action Committee to redevelop the site, which re-opened in 1984 as the first sale of a city-owned building requiring community reinvestment dollars.
Remaining Committed to Success
PACC is now an award-winning nonprofit with a dedicated staff of more than 75 people, who work out of four offices. We fight to preserve project-based Section 8 Housing, work to prevent foreclosures, organize against lead paint hazards, educate residents through workshops and counseling, provide loans and grants to homebuyers and small businesses, and create business retention and revitalization activities.
Support Our Work
IMPACCT Brooklyn takes every opportunity to renovate, manage, and develop livable homes for families that are the foundation of our communities. Support the cause by becoming a member or making a donation.