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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,

We are thrilled to share that we will be closing on our first CLT Rehab House within the next few weeks thanks to a budding partnership with the Rochester Land Bank!  This house, located in the Beechwood neighborhood, will be sold to an income-qualifying first-time homebuyer when the rehab is complete. Within the next few days, we'll be kicking off a fundraising effort in order to help cover the cost of our biggest expense- a new roof, soffit, and gutters.   We're counting on all of our supporters give what you can and tell help spread the word.  We'll also be asking for those who can to come out and lend a hand so that we can keep costs down while still providing a high-level of improvements to the house (no previous experience with home rehab projects needed!). If you're willing to help, let us know.  Once the closing takes place, we'll be having a kick-off event at the house, so stay tuned for details!

We hope to see you at tomorrow's Third Thursday meeting  (12/20, 5:30 PM, 441 Parsells AveFacebook Event). In addition to asking and answering questions, this is the time of the month for us all to catch up on the latest happenings with City Roots and to figure out how we can move closer to our goals.  We'll have some specific action items that attendees can take on in order to help further our mission to secure development without displacement, permanent affordability, and community control.

We'll also be asking everyone to take a minute to reflect on and share why they support the work of City Roots. CLT.

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
History of Rochester Gentrification

History of Rochester Gentrification as part of the 2nd Annual " Fit Well, & Sustainable at 540 Campaign

Facilitated by educator Shane Wiegand of the City Roots Community Land Trust this workshop will explore and deconstruct the history of redlining, restrictive covenants, and racist/discriminatory housing practices throughout Rochester's history of urban development. 

How have these exploitative practices led to the disinvestment of the inner city, downtown; eventually leading to displacement in the present is just one of many essential questions that will be explored.

What individual and collective actions can we take today to dismantle and end systematic displacement of marginalized communities and persons of color?

---> Register and pay ($10) online
----> This class is open to all ages 4 grade and up
----> Open to all members of the community interested in learning more about the gentrification in Rochester in a historical context
-----> FB event

ASL interpreting can be provided with at least 10 days advance novice. Once registered course fee is non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future class or event.

E-mail questions to:

City Roots CLT Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting of the CRCLT membership.

The board will present its Annual Report on what we've accomplished in 2018 and where we plan to go from here. Members will give input and vote on 2019's slate of board directors. 

Pizza provided by Speedy Slice.

To qualify as a member, you must meet 2 of the following 3 requirements:
1) Have attended at least 4 CLT meetings since our last Annual Meeting
2) Have volunteered on behalf of the CLT at least once since our last Annual Meeting
3) Have paid annual dues in the amount of $25

More details coming soon!

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City Roots CLT will begin Offering CLT Houses in early 2019!
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A Message from Our Outreach Committee Chair

Hey Friends,

I am working on the 2018 Annual Report for the City Roots Community Land Trust. Our plan is to celebrate the progress we've made this year and to showcase individuals like you who make CRCLT what it is. Lastly we want our Annual Report to be a great way to show potential funders why they should hook us up with some cash.

I think it would be cool to add some quotes from our members about why they support the land trust, why think it's important, why they give their time, or where they hope to see the land trust in the next year or ten years.

If you could email me back at with two or three sentences that would be great. If you could get them to me by the end of December that would be much appreciated!



Participatory Budgeting Comes to Rochester!

The official kick-off event for Participatory Budgeting Rochester will take place on January 7th from 5-7pm at School #53.  City Roots CLT has a chance to receive $50k if we can turn out the vote!  Voting runs through January 28th, so even if you can't make it on the 7th, you'll still have plenty of time to vote (and to make sure your friends do too!).
Why Community Land Trusts?
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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