This holiday season,
build community with
a donation to PACC.
| Dear M,
On August 1, 2008, the Ricks family and hundreds of
their neighbors watched the flames roaring in their 88-unit building. An
electrical fire destroyed the apartment they
called home for over thirty years. Finally, after a full year of living
in a rough shelter, they moved
into a PACC building on Herkimer Street.
say that my faith in humanity was
restored when I met Ms. Blue
and the people at PACC," says Zareta Ricks, the courageous mom who kept
her family together throughout this nightmare. "When you see all your
possessions destroyed and doors are being closed in your face, to find a place like PACC, it's such a relief." The Ricks
had a difficult time obtaining subsidies
but PACC held the apartment for them throughout the stressful process.
Says Ricks, "They have been so patient, kind and understanding and our
apartment is everything I ever dreamed of - it's bigger than our old
place and it's truly an answer to my prayers."
PACC has developed
more than 800
units of quality, affordable housing throughout Central Brooklyn. Our
Property Management team manages more 607 as rental units; others, such
as the new "green" Gates Avenue Co-ops,
are sold at affordable prices to low- and moderate-income families,
meeting community needs in a housing market where homeownership might
otherwise beyond their means.
PACC connect families with affordable housing!
part of the Partnership to Preserve Affordable Housing (PPAH), PACC was
one of the first groups to identify the threat of predatory equity -
high-priced real estate deals that create a tremendous pressure to
raise rents and increase returns, which in turn escalates displacement
of tenants while increasing the danger that buildings will face
foreclosure and become neglected. In our service area alone, PACC has
identified 25 buildings purchased by predatory equity investors. In
response to the effort of PPAH and tenants, earlier this month the NYC Council formed a Predatory Equity Task
Force to address these issues!
tenants fight predatory equity with a donation to PACC.
historic Gibb Mansion, PACC's social services department offers
innovative and supportive programming for 71 medically fragile and
low-income residents. Each tenant receives dinner every evening and
individual counseling twice a month. The house bustles with weekly
salsa classes, healthy living cooking demos, and a movie night. PACC
also provides weekly recovery and budgeting groups, and a monthly
community meeting to discuss current issues in the building and in
For resident Eric Saunders, these classes are invaluable. "These groups
are very important for my stability and health," he says. "I always get
something out of attending the sessions." Mr. Saunders, a recovering
addict who had been living in the shelter system for more than
years, cried tears of joy when he moved in to his apartment. "I am so
appreciative of the staff here. They are wonderful people who truly
care about us."
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our programs, together with our allies and neighbors, PACC has been
building community in Central Brooklyn for 45 years. Help us as we
begin our next 45 years of work! Any amount is welcome, but please give
generously...and, remember, since PACC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3
organization your donation is tax-deductible. You can donate today or
get more information by visiting our website www.prattarea.org.
Thank you for your support and happy holidays.
Executive Director |