2010-11 Biennial Report
Our biennial report is
now live and available for download! Read more about our achievements
over the last two fiscal years.
Download the report here.
Financial Workshop Series
Register now for our
FREE Personal Financial Course sponsored by M&T Bank every
Tuesday from Sept 2nd until Oct 4th
Call 718-783-3549 *315
or email us
Time Home Buyer Workshop
Register now for our
September installment of our First Time Home Buyer Courses. Sessions
are held every Thursday on these dates: Sept 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Call 718-783-3549 *10 or
us to register.
Tenant and Community Organizing
Know your rights!
Do you need information
on lease renewals? Illegal lockouts? Paying back rent? PACC
is now offering two legal clinics a month.
To attend the legal clinic and speak with a lawyer, you must make an
appt. Call 718-522-2613 *024 or email
The main office is open the first Sat. of every month. Come by with
your tenants rights questions or just stop in to say hello! [flyer
First time home ownership is
obtainable with the NSP2 program. This new initiative allows for up to
$80k in forgivable loans toward the purchase of a previously foreclosed
To see if you are eligible, make an appointment by calling 718-783-3549
*10 or by sending us an email
|PACC Talk Aug
...Read about the pursuit of building an equitable, diverse, engaged
and flourishing community in central Brooklyn.
48th Annual Meeting is a HUGE Success!
the evening of Wednesday June 27th, over 100 PACC staff, board, members
and friends gathered at the ART NY space in Fort Greene for PACC's 48th
annual meeting. Before the program started, guests enjoyed welcome
cocktails by Olivino Wines and a wonderful dinner catered by Peaches
Restaurant, which recently became our newest commercial tenant.
the meeting, PACC shared our successes over the past year and presented
awards of distinction to three individuals who have contributed greatly
to upholding our statement and for their work in the communities of
Central Brooklyn. Councilman Albert
was presented the 2012
Howard Weiss award for his long standing contributions on behalf of
PACC and his constituents, in preserving affordable housing,
strengthening communities through his support of foreclosure prevention
and assistance as well as his role in getting the Responsible Banking
Act passed in May.
This year we also recognized two of our allies in supportive housing,
Mr. Matthew Bremer and Ms. Yolanda Gibbs. Bremer is the principal
architect of Architecture in
AIA, whose firm
designed 40 Vanderbilt Avenue, our 98 unit supportive housing building
for single adults in the Navy Green development. Bremer was presented
the Community Service Award for his innovation in architecture for
under-served and special needs individuals. Yolanda Gibbs, a Rental
Assistance Coordinator in the Special Needs Division of the NYC
Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD
was presented the 2012 Amos Taylor Award. Gibbs received the award for
her willingness to advise and serve our supportive housing programs
which include both 40 Vanderbilt and Gibb Mansion. Deb Howard, our
Executive Director said, "We are so proud to honor these three
individuals as an opportunity to publicly thank them for their hard
work and dedication to the communities we serve."
the program concluded, PACC Board of Directors held an election and
members elected Ms. Romy Goldman to our board. Goldman, Founder and
President of Gold Development
, has more than 15 years of
experience in real estate development and construction management and
we look forward to working with her over the next fiscal year. Jabir
Suluki and Lincoln Restler were both re-elected for their 3rd term.
Guests were able to take part in a raffle in which the grand prize was
an iPad2, generously donated by TGI Solutions
More raffle items were donated by Crunch Fitness
family of restaurants, Madiba South
Wine Bar. Thank you all to our sponsors, members, event staff and
attendees for making this year's annual meeting the most successful one
yet! To see more pictures from this event, click
Empowerment for NYCHA Residents
PACC is partnering with New York City
Housing Authority (NYCHA) in a new comprehensive program that will
provide financial counseling to NYCHA residents and give them access to
variety of services including workforce development and adult
education. Known as Resident Economic Empowerment &
Sustainability or "REES" for short, the program will help families to
stabilize their finances, rebuild the credit, and better plan for the
As a NYCHA Zone Partner, PACC will
provide financial counseling and asset building to NYCHA residents in
Downtown Brooklyn and Red Hook. "Many people have unresolved financial
issues such as outstanding debts, bad credit, or judgments," says
Charrisse Smith, PACC's financial counselor. "We will work with NYCHA
residents to better manage their personal finances, repair their
credit, reduce their debt, and save money for the future."
Priscilla Etheridge was one recent client of PACC that received
financial counseling, while praising the guidance of Ms. Smith: "I
learned how to understand my credit report and how to get out of debt,"
said Ms. Etheridge. "Charrisse was very supportive. I could give her a
call anytime if I had any questions, and she kept me focused on my
The REES program is vital because up
until now, many NYCHA residents had few opportunities for receiving
financial advice. Through PACC's workshops and one-on-one counseling,
we will help NYCHA residents develop emergency savings and improve
their credit scores; access affordable mainstream financial products;
and achieve financial stability.
receives support for its counseling and workshops from two main
funders-HSBC and JPMorgan Chase.
Vanderbilt Architect Matthew Bremer Looks Beyond Traditional Supportive
PACC's new supportive housing
development near the Brooklyn Navy Yard is now complete! We hope that
the red-corrugated structure is a welcome addition to the
neighborhood's diverse architecture. We wanted to follow up with our
architect on a few ideas, and he admirably agreed to wax philosophical:
"In every aspect of the project, every point along the way, we really
tried to push what was the standard supportive housing program to its
limit, so that for each resident the notion of home and community was
most exploited," says Matthew Bremer, Principal Architect at In
Formation Architecture and designer of 40 Vanderbilt, the supportive
housing building at the Navy Green development. "We didn't just take
this as 'we're designing a supportive housing building,'" says Bremer.
"We wanted to interrogate what that model was, in order to do the best
supportive development that we could."
Even at first glance, it's obvious
that 40 Vanderbilt is unlike other affordable housing projects, with
its bright red-corrugated metal façade, funky window
arrangement and double height lobby. "Our building looks totally
different than most supportive housing buildings-most are orange brick
and very tasteful and try to look like other buildings in the
neighborhood," says Bremer. He also notes how the site played a role in
shaping the building's unique look, as Navy Green incorporates elements
of the surrounding neighborhood's "funky industrial character."
Bremer says that the choice to make
40 Vanderbilt stand out was not only informed by aesthetics and the
specifics of the site, but also by a desire to create a strong sense of
community among the building's residents. He and his team wanted to
create a space and a living experience that was unique and special,
giving residents something to bond and connect over. They also built in
plenty of common space to facilitate these connections, and made an
effort to make these spaces beautiful and comfortable for residents.
The first-floor amphitheater, the wide, naturally-lit hallways, the
large and vibrantly-colored stairwells, and the double-height lobby
were all designed specifically to facilitate a sense of community among
Now that residents are moving into
their new apartments, Bremer hopes that they find their new home not
only comfortable, safe and beautiful, but also interesting and
stimulating. "Having met some of the residents that have moved in," he
says, "I was really heartened to hear that they are really intrigued by
where they're living. I feel very strongly that supportive housing can
and should be just as interesting as new condos in Manhattan." view more pics
receives $208,000 Award for Green Roof Installations
is proud to announce that we were recently awarded the Green
Infrastructure Grant through the NYC Department of Environmental
The award spearheaded by Alive
will fund the
installation of green roofs on 15 Quincy, an inclusionary building for
low income residents and 71 Monroe, the rear of our supportive housing
residence, Gibb Mansion. The green roofs, covering 14,240 sq ft., will
provide an eco-friendly component to our affordable housing buildings
and provide residents with a common space and better quality of life.
In addition to the roof top garden, 15 Quincy will also have a rain
garden built on the rear terrace which will capture storm water runoff
using irrigation tubes and plants that are ecologically fit to live in
a wet environment. Alive Structures
expects that the garden will convert the terrace into a dynamic, social
and educational space that supports PACC's mission to enhance quality
of life for our residents.
the press release: Launched by Mayor Bloomberg in 2010, the NYC Green
Infrastructure Plan lays out a comprehensive strategy to improve harbor
water quality by capturing and retaining storm water runoff before it
enters the sewer system. The plan fulfills concepts originally
introduced in PlanNYC to capture the first inch of rainfall on 10
percent of the City's impervious surface area in combined sewer
watersheds over 20 years, reducing CSOs by approximately 1.5 billion
gallons per year. Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and
other structural elements to absorb and evaporate water. Read more
to see all our upcoming events
- 8/17/2012 HPD's Down Payment Assistance Event [flyer]
Join NYC HPD, Veterans Affairs and PACC Home Services at this info
- 9/04/2012 Free Financial Course sponsored by M&T
Build your credit and grow your business in the process.
- 9/06/2012 September First Time Homebuyer Workshop [flyer]
Pre-register and become an educated first time home buyer!
- 11/03/2012 PACC's Fall Tree Giveaway at Magnolia Plaza [save the date!]