Pratt Center for Community Development Holds Hurricane Planning Meetings at Sheepshead

On June 22nd and 23rd, Pratt Center for Community Development held a series of block meetings with local homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy at Sheepshead Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Pratt Center is a non-profit organization affiliated with Pratt Institute that helps communities plan and advocate for a more equitable and sustainable future.

Sheepshead Block Meeting

The Center partnered with architect and Pratt Institute professor Deborah Gans and her class of fifth year architecture students to come up with design scenarios for raising the below-grade pedestrian-only “courts” along Emmons Avenue so the homes will not be flooded by future storm surge. During the meetings at Sheepshead Nursing, the Pratt team presented several design scenarios and asked the homeowners for their reaction to the preliminary design ideas, and facilitated a discussion about the potential for residents to work collectively to make their homes resilient to future flooding.

The meetings also included updates about the NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency plan for South Brooklyn and how to participate in NYC’s Build It Back program. Pratt Center is planning to hold a second round of meetings in late July to engage more homeowners in reviewing design scenarios and discussing collective action.

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