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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 continue to see results from our focus on development without displacement. Below you will read about victories in helping in setting up Peace Village and our plans to start offering CLT homes in early 2019. The more we accomplish the more work there is to be done! Please consider the different ways you, your friend, and neighbors can support the mission of City Roots CLT. Exciting things are happening!

We hope to see you at tonight's Third Thursday meeting  
(11/15, 5:30 PM, 441 Parsells AveFacebook Event). This month's focus will be on a mock presentation. In preparation for presenting at the Anti-Gentrification Summit in Buffalo the following Saturday. 

As part of the mock presentation, please bring one CLT-related question (even if you already know the answer). This is a great time for us to solidify our knowledge of what CLTs are all about and how they work. We're also looking for questions to add to an FAQ we're putting together for our website.

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.

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

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 in the News

City Roots CLT is honored to have been able to play a small role in helping to make this happen! City Roots CLT will hold deed to the land in order to ensure that it continues to operate under the direction of the encampment's residents and that it remains a place where the homeless can seek refuge until the day when that need no longer exists.

Read and watch at Rochester First
Anti-Gentrification Summit

We've been invited to participate in the Our City Buffalo Anti-Gentrification Summit! There will be workshops about the affordable housing crisis and the need for real solutions like community land trusts. CRCLT will be co-presenting a workshop along with our friends from the F.B. Community Land Trust. If you're interested in carpooling out to #Buffalo for the event, get in touch.
City Roots CLT will begin Offering CLT Houses in early 2019!
More details coming soon
"Who are the Gentrified?"
Conference Summary

Vanessa J. Cheeks writes for Open Mic:

During the full-day event, speakers discussed the need to change the idea that renters and low-income residents can’t fight against unfair revitalization. They argued for increased agency throughout Rochester and encouraged activists to have in-person conversations with residents that could lead to real action.

“Reading about gentrification and development, the news stories and the rhetoric that we share on social media, it’s good to kind of be in person and connect. It helps to create a more well-rounded narrative” said Calvin Eaton, founder of 540 West Main and moderator for Saturday’s discussion.

Read more at Open Mic
Segregation and Redlining Rochester

Shane Wiegand, member of City Roots CLT, made a presentation on Segregation and Redlining in Rochester at the "Who are the Gentrified?" conference.

You can view the presentation HERE

Residents of Thurston Road Assert their Rights with help of Tenant Union

 of City Newspaper reports:

Representatives from Thurston Road Realty, the company formerly controlled by New York City investor Peter Hungerford, told her that she and her children would have to leave the apartment by October 30; advocates working with the City-Wide Tenant Union say she was being pushed out because of those complaints. But when October 30 arrived, representatives for the landlord notified Ryan Acuff, an activist and organizer working with the tenant union, that for the time being, the company wouldn't force people out of their apartments.

Read more in the City Newspaper
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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