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.
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 became a member of the newly formed NYS Neighborhood Preservation Program.
Roy Crouch became executive director. He served until 1988.
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.
Deb Howard became executive director.
IMPACCT celebrated our 40th Anniversary at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
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.
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.