East Brooklyn Congregations

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East Brooklyn Congregations (often abbreviated EBC) is a congregation-based community organizing serving several neighborhoods in New York City. Formed in 1980,[1] it is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation and headed by Michael Gecan. EBC is best known for founding Nehemiah Homes, which has constructed several affordable housing developments since the late 1980s in the Eastern Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, East New York, and Spring Creek.[2][3][4][5] It has been involved in the formation of three public New York City high schools: EBC East New York, EBC Bushwick High School for Public Service, and Bushwick Leaders' High School for Academic Excellence.


  1. ^ Michael Gecan, Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action (Anchor Books, 2002), p. 19.
  2. ^ Sheftell, Jason (July 27, 2012). "Spring Creek Nehemiah is an affordable housing success story: in East New York: The development off Flatlands Ave. is home to 233 first-time homeowners who won the right to live there via lottery.". Daily News (New York). Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Hughes, C.J. (August 27, 2006). "Affordable Houses Infused With Color". The New York Times. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Merkel, Jayne (August 23, 2010). "Irrational Exuberance Comes Home". The New York Times. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Industrial Areas Foundation, IAF: 50 Years Organizing for Change (IAF, 1990), p. 9.