Block & Resident Associations Technical Assistance

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.