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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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Help with rehab by VOLUNTEERING
Get us access to $50,000 in funding by VOTING
Dear Friends of City Roots CLT,

There are some BIG things going on at City Roots! And we want to see as many of you as possible at our monthly Third Thursday meeting TONIGHT at 5 PM - PM (ignore the time on fb)! We have three efforts we're pushing towards right now as we fight for development without displacement.

1. We have an ongoing fundraiser where we are at just about $2000 of our $15000 goal so that we can rehab the new house we rare receiving in partnership with the Rochester Land Bank. 

2. We're getting out the vote for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative Participatory Budgeting Vote. What does that mean? It means that City Roots is in competition for $50,000 in public funding out of $200,000. YOU can help by simply voting for City Roots online or going to a polling location at the designated time all of which are listed at the link. The only requirements to vote are that you are at least 11 years old and that you are a resident of Monroe County! 

3. We're rounding up volunteers to help with the rehab of the new house. The signup sheet is HERE

Read below for more information on these efforts as well as more upcoming events.

We hope to see you at tonight's Third Thursday meeting  (January 17th, 5:00 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.

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

We need your help in order to cover our biggest expense - a new roof, soffit, and gutters. We’re asking for the community to once again rise up and show its support!

Hit the donate button at the top or below to make your financial contribution!

Last year dozens of donations, both large and small, allowed City Roots to help a courageous homeowner fight back and win against an unjust foreclosure in a huge victory for our community.  

The new house is a great find. It has three bedrooms, lots of natural wood, a stained glass window, beautiful staircase, and an inviting front porch from which to greet neighbors and watch the world. The furnace, electricity, and windows have all been updated or replaced.

The big fix is the roof. The roof is currently leaking and the soffit and gutters are completely gone. Luckily, right now the water damage is minimal, but it’s crucial that we get a new roof on there ASAP, so that we can stabilize the house and get to work!  

 We're counting on all of our supporters to give what you can and to 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-quality level of improvements to the house
Click Here To Donate

City Roots Community Land Trust has the chance to receive $50,000 through Participatory Budgeting Rochester ! All you have to do is vote here ------>

In total, there's $200k up for grabs with lots of other great organizations involved in the process as well like House of Mercy (Rochester, New York), REACH - Rochester Engaging in Action for the Chronically.., R Community Bikes, and Flower City Pickerst just to name a few.

They're using ranked choice voting (very excited about this!), so be sure to rank your selections by order of preference. Voting ends 1/28!

And if you're feeling the inclination, help spread the word by making this your profile pic and pasting in this description. 

 if your last name is A-H change your profile pic to one of these today with the blurb in the description, I-P changes theirs tomorrow, Q-Z changes theirs Saturday. That way it keeps popping up on our friends’ feeds.

Thanks for your support!

Click Here To Vote for City Roots

This house, located in the Beechwood neighborhood, will be sold to an income-qualifying first-time homebuyer when the rehab is complete. If you're willing to help, let us know. All skills and abilities welcome and no previous experience with home rehab projects needed!

Click Here To Volunteer
History of Rochester Gentrification
Save the Date: Thursday, January 24th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 540 West Main

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

Save the Date: Thursday, January 31st, 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Location: Thomas P. Ryan Community Center
530 Webster Ave, Rochester, NY 14609

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!

FB event
Spring Gentrification Conference
March 30th

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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