Our History

Since our founding in 1980, East Brooklyn Congregations worked to improve housing, schools, safety, streets and neighborhoods in East Brooklyn.  We are a not-for profit organizations composed of religious congregations, schools, and homeowner and voluntary associations.  Together, our member organizations represent more than 15,000 active families in East New York, Brownsville, Ocean Hill and Bushwick.  We are interfaith, multi-racial and strictly non-partisan.  EBC is supported by member organizations, foundations, corporations and individuals who believe in making Brooklyn a better place to live, work and raise a family. 

The secret to EBC’s success lies in our commitment to identify and develop leaders in every neighborhood where EBC works.  We meet people face-to-face and build relationships.  We tackle big problems by breaking them into issues that can be addressed. 


EBC has won victories on many issues of great importance to our member institutions and the neighborhoods we live in.  These victories include:

  • Affordable Housing: construction of 3,298 Nehemiah Homes, and 898 rental units in partnership with Community Preservation Corporation and Common Ground.
  • Education reform: establishment of 2 new small quality high schools.
  • Tenant organizing:  forcing repairs in private and public housing.
  • Public Safety: holding the NYPD accountable to improve safety around schools, churches and residences, and to close down known drug and criminal sites.
  • Consumer organizing: forcing grocery stores to improve the quality and cleanliness of their stores.
  • Street safety and improvements: forcing the Department of Transportation to improve hundreds of intersections by filling pot holes, installing traffic lights or repaving streets. 

EBC is a member of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith community organizations.

To read more about EBC or other Industrial Areas Foundations chapters, click here for a list of books.