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.

Our Goals

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

1964

Joining Forces

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.

1966

Winning Police Protection

IMPACCT Brooklyn was winning important concessions from New York City government — 7,000 petition signatures won stepped-up local police protection.

1967

Opening a Library

IMPACCT Brooklyn’s Library Committee submitted 5,000 signatures to Brooklyn Borough President Abe Stark, asking that the Brooklyn Library open a Clinton Hill branch. It opened in 1974.

1970

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.

1980s

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.

1980

Building Alliances

IMPACCT became a member of the newly formed NYS Neighborhood Preservation Program.

Roy Crouch became executive director. He served until 1988.

1982

Putting Down Roots

IMPACCT purchased 201 Dekalb Avenue, which remains our administration and finance office today.

1984

Redeveloping Properties

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.

1985-1990

Increasing Safety

Established a Block Watch program during a time of despair in Central Brooklyn. The program was funded by NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)

1985-1993

Working with Developers

Working with various developers in four projects, our first nonprofit sponsorship — Fort Greene Houses — saved a total of 450 units.

1985-1994

Boosting Home Ownership

IMPACCT assisted tenants in eight city-owned buildings purchase their own apartments through HPD’s Tenant Interim Lease Program.

1988

Renovating a Building

IMPACCT Brooklyn acquired and renovated its first building at 105 Quincy Street, home to 12 low-income working families.

1989

Changing Leadership

Tee Beveridge became interim executive director.

Vivian Becker became the executive director and served until 2002.

1990

Increasing Our Services

PACC began what is now our HUD-certified First-Time Home Buyer Workshop classes.

1991-1994

Managing Buildings

IMPACCT became a 7A Administrator for five abandoned multi-family buildings.

1996

Establishing Economic Development Office

Opened our Homeowner Services and Economic Development Office at the corner of Bedford and Hancock. This location remained open until September 2015.

1999

Celebrating Success

IMPACCT celebrates its 35th Anniversary at BAMCafe, Brooklyn NY.

2002

Creating Supportive Housing

IMPACCT Brooklyn opened the Gibb Mansion —our first supportive housing project — now home to 50 formerly homeless residents who receive supportive counseling services.

Steve Aronson became executive director, serving until 2004.

2003

Saving Lives

IMPACCT publishes Politics of Poison, a study of high lead levels found in apartments throughout northern Bed Stuy. The findings from this study help get Local Law One passed.

2003-2007

Renovating Homes

IMPACCT gut-renovated 31 brownstone row houses in Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill, selling 11 of them to existing tenants as part of our affordable homeownership program.

2004

Continuing Impact

Deb Howard became executive director.

IMPACCT celebrated our 40th Anniversary at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

2007

Expanding Affordable Housing

The Dewitt Condominiums at 483 Washington became our first new homeownership opportunity, with the completion of 16 brand new, affordable condo units.

2008

Building Alliances for Businesses

IMPACCT organized merchants and property owners to form the FAB Alliance (Central Fulton Street BID), encompassing 24 blocks of Fulton Street in the Fort Greene/Clinton-Hill area.

2009

Making Banking Convenient

IMPACCT played an integral role in the opening of a Banking Development District Branch of Capital One, on a stretch of Fulton that had no banks within 27 blocks.

Celebrated our 45th Anniversary of Building Communities at The Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY.

2014

Achieving Milestones

IMPACCT celebrates our 50th anniversary at our “Great to Be Gold Gala” at the Grand Hyatt in NYC.

A development milestone— 1,000 units of affordable housing — is achieved.

2015

Renaming the Organization

PACC renamed itself IMPACCT Brooklyn to emphasize our impact across many neighborhoods. We also moved to a new office at 1000 Dean Street, which has more space for workshops and counseling sessions.

Today

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.