PACC embraces a vision in which people strive together to build an
equitable, diverse, engaged, and flourishing community in central Brooklyn.
In our work as a community development corporation, PACC pursues five major goals:
first, to preserve and develop safe and affordable housing, a basic human right;
second, to support a vibrant local commerce through which small businesses serve the market needs of community residents;
third, to sustain and develop an economic, racial, and cultural diversity that can enrich the lives of all;
fourth, to promote knowledge, initiative, and concerted action that can advance individual and common interests; and
fifth, to foster an ethic that all members of the community bear personal responsibility to contribute to the greater good.
Our Foundational Values
People have a right to a share of society’s resources that will enable them to lead dignified and productive lives. People have a responsibility to contribute to the community’s welfare in proportion to the benefits they gain from the opportunities that society provides. People have an interest in the enhanced quality of life that participating in the good community can provide.
Our Vision of the Good Community in Central Brooklyn
In the good community, people have access to quality education, to good jobs, and to safe and affordable housing. The good community is diverse economically, racially, and culturally. In the good community, reaping the benefits of their diversity, people can learn from each other, trade with each other, and strive together in identifying and pursuing common interest. In the good community, people embrace the pursuit of equality and justice through an ideal of personal responsibility and collective action. In the good community, market forces are tempered by purposeful and coordinated efforts of grass roots activists, community development professional, socially responsible businesses, and progressive public officials, toward balancing the virtues of continuity and change. In the good community, 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 Role in Contributing to the Good Community
PACC is a community development corporation that contributes to the development of the good community through three major strategies:
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.
, we seek to promote and support the development of small businesses and vibrant commercial corridors, because such economic development is an engine of opportunity that can create jobs for community residents, bring better services to our neighborhoods, and otherwise enhance our community as a place to live.
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.