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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 Parsells Ave..

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We had a great time at last month's Annual Meeting! Click here for our Annual Report. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us.  Together we are making a difference in our city!

Hope to see you again TONIGHT, 5:30-7pm for our monthly meeting at 441 Parsells Ave.  We'll be brainstorming and strategizing around the best approach for the four houses we'll be taking on over the next several months.

Before you read any further, please take a minute to fill out this member survey put together by long-time CLT supporter Graham Hughes (thanks, Graham!).

Read on for details on what's new with the Land Bank houses and more, upcoming events, and, as always, opportunities to get involved in the fight for development without displacement!

See you soon!
-City Roots
Meeting Agenda
  • 10 min - Welcomes, Greetings, and Intros
  • 10 min - Qs & As about City Roots and the CLT model in general 
  • 10 min - Updates
  • 60 min - Discussion of the 4 new Land Bank properties we're acquiring.  
    • Brainstorming fundraising and partnership opportunities
    • Volunteer days - what should they look like?
    • How do we continue to get the word out about these affordable homeownership/rental opportunities? About City Roots in general? 
    • How can we leverage social and traditional media?
    • What sort of policies do we need to put in place?
    • The above will help to inform our committee work
Cafe is open until 6, and we'll also have some light refreshments.
All Moved In
The Primus family was able to join us at our Annual Meeting. For those who didn't get a chance to meet them, here they are! (see above photo)
Progress continues on their newly rehabbed CLT house as we wrap up a few odds and ends.

A reminder that we'll be looking to do one last volunteer day in a couple months (sort of a Spring Cleaning Day), and Andre and Mabel are hoping to do a housewarming gathering as part of an official ribbon cutting this spring.

We'll be refining the application process and looking to get the word out sooner for the next homeownership opportunity (coming soon!).  We'll also be starting to offer some affordable rentals! More details at tonight's meeting.
Get Involved
At our Annual Meeting, we talked about the various committees our members and supporters can join.  Below is a brief description of each along with a link to a Doodle poll for each of the committees. If you're interested, take a minute to fill out the poll(s) so that we can find a meeting time that works best for most.  We wouldn't be a grassroots, community-driven organization without all the participation from our active members, so your involvement is crucial to our success!

Finance (& Fundraising): It's a great feeling to know that a grant application you helped right was accepted! The Finance committee puts together City Roots' budget for board approval. In addition to grant writing, the Fundraising sub-committee solicits donations from area businesses and organizes fundraisers. No previous experience needed. We can even provide training and templates. Please help us find the best time to meet.

Outreach (& Communications): Are you a "people person"? A great public speaker? Are these skills you want to develop? This committee gives presentations on the City Roots and the CLT model and also organizes our CLT 101 & 102 events.  We prepare by doing mock presentations and we can provide additional training for those who really want to up their public speaking skills.  Help us find a meeting time by filling out this poll.

Communications: Maybe you're a little more on the introverted side, but still want to help get the word out.  If you're all about Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and beyond, this could be the role for you.  This is a sub-committee of our Outreach team and is all about social media communication, e-newsletters (mailchimp), phone calls, texts, and even the classic snail mail.

Policy & Governance: If the phrase "policy wonk" means anything to you, you're more than qualified to be on this committee. Researching best practices, recommending policies to the board, and working on important documents like our ground lease and bylaws are what these folks do.  Interested in joining? Fill out this poll to help us find a time to meet!

Technology: From WordPress to Javascript, this committee does the back end of our website, email, server, and donations, as well as generally handling all things technology. Contact us if you are interested in this committee.

Find out more at tonight's meeting, Thursday, 2/20 from 530-7pm at 441 Parsells Avenue.

Upcoming Events
This evening at SUNY Brockport - City Roots' board member Shane Wiegand will be presenting with our good friend Calvin Eaton on the history of Redlining and Race in Rochester.
Come out on February 24th in solidarity with the Rochester City-Wide Tenants Union and their Stabilize Rochester Campaign!

"Our community needs a stronger voice that fights for and expands our housing rights. Come together as we work towards our plan to Stabilize Rochester!

Right now our focus is building power around the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. If opted into the ETPA would provide significant protections to thousands of Rochester tenants. These include rent stabilization, good cause eviction protections, and give power for tenants to reduce the rents if they are living in poor conditions.

All are welcome to come learn more including tenants and supporting organizations." 

City Roots Community Land Trust is 501.c.3 community controlled non-profit working to establish lasting affordability in our communities here in Rochester, NY. City Roots acquires land and improvements (houses, apartments, commercial buildings, gardens, playgrounds, etc) and then puts it to our members to decide how it should be used.

You qualify as a member if you live within the City Rochester and you meet two of the three qualifications: 1) Pay $25 annual dues; 2) Attend at least 4 CLT meetings within 12 months; and 3) Volunteer in some capacity on behalf of the CLT.
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