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Established in 2016, the City Roots CLT is a community-driven organization which works to establish and promote permanently-affordable, quality housing in Rochester, NY.

Our Mission:

The City Roots Community Land Trust’s mission is to permanently preserve  housing affordability in Rochester, New York through community owned and managed land, to empower neighbors, and to bridge socioeconomic divisions.

Our Vision:

The City Roots Community Land Trust vision is to strengthen the Rochester community by cultivating the perspective that land owned by the community can help make housing a human right and affordable for all. We are a collaborative of homeowners, renters, youth, community allies and partners.

Meet Our Board:

Board composition

Joe Di Fiore, President
Ryan Van Alstyne, V.P.
Liz McGriff, Treasurer
Marie Meza, Secretary

Find more information about our board here.



Fundraising & Donations
Marie Meza (Lead), Katherine Bakrania, Muhhamed Gazali, Katie Liebel, Liz McGriff, Teresa Owen, Ryan Van Alstyne, Cynthia Cole, Peter Dragos, Shane Wiegand

Community Outreach
Shane Wiegand (Lead), Sandra Anderson, Katherine Bakrania, Joe Di Fiore, Matt Delaus, Jennie Dixon, Leslie Knox, Katie Liebel, Hasana Martin, Marie Meza, Teresa Owen, Tom Silva, Wallace Smith

Burt Betchart (Lead), Joe Di Fiore, Jared Yeoman

Ground Lease, Board Governance, and Technical Documents
Joe Di Fiore (lead), Burt Betchart, Melissa Marquez, Jim Pergolizzi, Jared Yeoman, Matt Delaus, Ryan Acuff, Liz McGriff





Zombies Among Us: Monroe County’s 2016 Vacant and Abandoned Property Taskforce Report


The City Roots Community Land Trust currently meets Thursdays from 5:30-7pm and alternates locations between the NEAD office (360 Webster Ave) and New City Cafe (441 Parsells Ave).  All meetings are open to the public.  We can also be reached by email.