The Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental
Development (PICCED) supports the efforts of low and moderate-income
communities to combat poverty through sustainable development. PICCED
seeks to equip these communities with the tools they need to plan
and implement comprehensive community development strategies.
PICCED recognizes that while rebuilding the physical
infrastructures such as housing can be a catalyst for urban revitalization,
the integrative and comprehensive renewal of an area's physical,
social, and economic fabric cannot be realized unless the capacities
and creative energies of the community's stakeholders - the residents
themselves - are enlisted in the process.
Working closely with community-based organizations
and their constituencies, PICCED offers an array of education and
training and technical assistance services. These programs emphasize
coalition building and the empowerment of residents through ownership
of the community development process - from planning and decision-making
to eventual management of completed projects. Through public policy
analysis and advocacy PICCED brings its practical experience to
bear on city-wide, state, national, and international community
PICCED exchanges information and innovative program
models with a wide network of community development practitioners,
social service providers, lending institutions, philanthropic organizations
and others working around the country and abroad to bring about
the systemic changes necessary to uproot poverty.