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City Roots is working to empower residents and preserve affordability in our neighborhoods, but we can't do it without YOU!  Join us every Third Thursday, 5:30pm at 441 Ministries (441 Parsells Ave).

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Dear Friends of City Roots CLT,

Every week has been more exciting than the last as our organization and the broader movement for development without displacement continue to grow.  At the same time, the need for this work becomes more and more apparent every day.  Below you'll find info on a handful of ways in which you can get (more) involved in helping to make sure that the investments being made in our neighborhoods actually benefit our neighbors.

We hope to see you at tonight's Third Thursday meeting  
(10/18, 5:30 PM, 441 Parsells AveFacebook Event) where you'll have a chance to hear updates on Peace Village (the new, city-sanctioned encampment), learn how negotiations are going for our city's first Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), and help with last-minute details for this Saturday's Gentrification Conference.  And with seven members of CRCLT just returning from the national community land trust conference, #Intersections2018, we're excited to share everything we've learned with the Rochester community.   

If you've been thinking of joining us, now is the time!

The agenda for tonight will be the following:

-Brief overview of CLT model
-Takeaways from the National CLT Conference
-The latest on Peace Village
-Status of Community Benefits Agreement w/ DHD
-540WMain Gentrification Conference
-Updates on where we are and where we're going
-Opportunities to get more involved

As always, bring your CLT Qs and a friend!

Thursdays don't work for you?  No problem!  We have various committees that meet throughout the month.  Meetings aren't your thing?  Tell us how you'd like to contribute and we'll make it happen. Further down this email is a list of 10 ways YOU can contribute. Together we can make permanent affordability, development without displacement, and community control a reality in Rochester!

-City Roots
Peace Village is now a reality!

Earlier this week, the first residents of Peace Village officially set up camp!  CRCLT will act as steward of the land and its intended purpose. We are so proud to have been able to play a small role in helping to make this happen. 

From City Newspaper:

City Roots Community Land Trust has taken ownership of the property. St. Joseph's House of Hospitality and House of Mercy will handle day-to-day operations at the site. The site will have water, provided by St. Joe's, and portable toilets, provided by a donor, says City Council member Elaine Spaull, who is serving as liaison to the management organization. And Open Door Mission will be letting residents use its showers for a two-hour period each day, she says.

Read more in the City Newspaper.
National CLT Conference
We had seven attendees at #Intersections2018!  Four days of learning from the work of CLTs around the country and meeting amazing people.  Looking forward to sharing everything we learned!
City Roots CLT on Connections with Evan Dawson!

You can hear the discussion here
540WMain Gentrification Conference - THIS Saturday!

Themed “Who Are the Gentrified” the fall 540WMain Gentrification Conference will continue hands on community engaged discussion and action work around the history of gentrification in Rochester neighborhoods and highlight the stories of several community members directly affected by gentrification and displacement.

More Information on the flyer below and at the following links:
Gentrification Conference Facebook Page
City Roots CLT on Evidence of Design

CRCLT board members Mohamed Gazali and Joe Di Fiore appeared on Evidence of Design for an hour-long discussion of the state of affordable housing.  

You can listen to the discussion, here
CLT Committees
City roots has various committees that meet throughout the month to help move us forward in our mission (community control, permanent affordability, and development without displacement).  Current committees are - Policy & Governance; Finance; Technology; and Outreach.  

Looking to get involved? For more information, contact
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