South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative 

For more information or to get involved with FAC's South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative, call (718) 237-2017 x117.

South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative 

South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative’s (SBADI) activities include FAC’s efforts to ensure sustainable development as well as economic, social and environmental justice outcomes in South Brooklyn through policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, popular education and leadership development. SBADI’s efforts include  community-driven efforts such as:  

Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice 

GNCJ is a racially and socioeconomically diverse coalition of stakeholders convened by FAC in response to the City’s Gowanus neighborhood rezoning process. GNCJ strives to elevate the voices of the community in the City’s planning process, seek consensus on community priorities and make the case for a community plan based on principles of social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. 

We are proud to announce a major milestone in our multi-year campaign! In November 2021, GNCJ, in collaboration with our allies, then NYC Councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, won commitments from the City to ensure equitable results for Gowanus.   

GNCJ members stand alongside CB6 and Council Member allies in front of City Hall in celebration of the rezoning victory.

The City committed to GNCJ’s top three demands:   

  • Funding for comprehensive renovations of all units at NYCHA developments Gowanus Houses and Wyckoff Houses, at an estimated cost of $200 million.   
  • Increased on-site requirements for storm water management to prevent Combined Sewer Overflow and a $174 million upgrade to sewer infrastructure.  
  • A commitment from all city agencies to regular reporting and senior agency staff participation in a Community Oversight Task Force.  

In addition to these top three commitments, the City agreed to several other Points of Agreement with GNCJ. For the full list, read here. GNCJ is continuing to organize to ensure that the rezoning leads to equitable results for our community.

Turning the Tide 

Turning the Tide (T3) is a nationally significant community-based collaboration led by FAC in partnership with Red Hook Initiative (RHI), Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC). The project serves as a model of equity, inclusion, and resident empowerment in environmental resilience planning for public housing authorities and mixed-use waterfront neighborhoods around the country. 

Participants take part in a Turning the Tide graduation ceremony.

Formed to ensure two critical goals in mitigating the impacts of climate change:  1) unprecedented, multi-billion dollar public and private investments – particularly in public housing – in South Brooklyn’s Red Hook and Gowanus communities must meaningfully contribute to New York City’s ambitious sustainability, resilience, and equity goals while improving the resilience of these low–income communities and 2) help to inform and influence climate policy impacting NYC low-income residents and ensure that public investments advance equity and meet resident needs.  

Protect and increase the public open space in Thomas Greene Park as part of the Superfund cleanup and the Gowanus neighborhood rezoning  

Create additional public space via the DEP Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) headhouse facility site