In 2010, it became clear that block and resident associations could not work in isolation, but needed to join together on issues that affected the community as a whole. Bridge Street Development Corporation and the Youth Education and Safety (YES) Taskforce partnered to form the Bed-Stuy Works Alliance, which allows the more than 70 member associations to share information about issues and collaborate on community-wide events and programs. Given the rapid and ongoing changes in Bedford-Stuyvesant, this coalition is valuable because it provides community leaders and residents a single, strong voice with which to speak to elected officials, private developers, and city agencies about issues of concern.
Bed-Stuy Works aims to strengthen and galvanize block and resident associations for the purpose of establishing a unified voice that will:
- Identify issues that impact tenants and homeowners
- Provide a forum for common concerns
- Generate ideas that would contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Bedford-Stuyvesant
- Advocate for improvements/change in a cohesive and proactive manner
- Strengthen the existing civic initiatives such as the Community Board and the 79th and 81st Precinct Councils
- Improve police-community relations in order to maximize safety services throughout the neighborhood