Founded Date January 1, 1995
Sectors Education , Non Profit & Voluntary , Social Services
Founded Since 1995
Bridge Street Development Corporation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide civic and economic opportunities to the residents of Central Brooklyn with an emphasis on low-to-moderate income residents. We do this by building partnerships with businesses, government, and other community stakeholders. Since 1995, Bridge Street has continuously worked to serve the Bedford Stuyvesant and Central Brooklyn community and has become a trusted provider of information, education, housing and social services, as well as a convener of community engagement activities.
Our vision is to preserve Bedford-Stuyvesant and the adjacent neighborhoods of central and eastern Brooklyn as desirable neighborhoods for raising families, owning businesses and taking part in rich cultural, spiritual and recreational opportunities. Our motto, “Building on Community Strength,” describes our core belief that the most effective way to improve a community is to develop and promote local assets, including people, homes, businesses, and organizations.
We do this through five Program Areas:
We create and preserve high quality affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents.
We work block by block to empower residents to become active citizens, fully involved in improving the quality of life in their community.
With a focus on Central Brooklyn and Canarsie, we facilitate neighborhood revitalization efforts and create long term economic stability.
Based at Quincy Senior Residences, we provide a holistic environment for active seniors to age in place. We offer health/wellness, educational, social, and recreational programming for the building’s residents and seniors from the surrounding community.
Bridge Street Development Corporation was founded in 1995 by members of the oldest continuing African-American congregation in Brooklyn: the Bridge Street African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church. BSDC serves the Central Brooklyn community, primarily Bedford-Stuyvesant, which has a long history and a rich architectural and cultural heritage.