Welcome to our site! Please check back soon for updates.


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 affordability in Rochester, New York through community owned and managed land, to empower neighbors, and to bridge socioeconomic divisions in order to secure development without displacement.

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:

Melissa Marquez, President
Elizabeth McGriff, V.P.
Burt Betchart, Treasurer
Cynthia Cole, Secretary

Find more information about our board here.



Fundraising & Donations
Joe Di Fiore (chair), Katherine Bakrania,  Peter Dragos, Muhhamed Gazali, Katie Liebel, Liz McGriff, Marie Meza, Ryan Van Alstyne, Shane Wiegand

Community Outreach
Shane Wiegand (chair), Sandra Anderson, Katherine Bakrania, Cynthia Cole, Joe Di Fiore, Matt Delaus, Jennie Dixon, Leslie Knox, Katie Liebel, Hasana Martin, Marie Meza, Liz McGriff, Tom Silva, Wallace Smith, Jared Yeoman

Burt Betchart (chair), Joe Di Fiore, Mary Lupien, Jared Yeomam

Ground Lease, Board Governance, and Technical Documents
Melissa Marquez (chair), Burt Betchart, Joe Di Fiore, 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 on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5:30-7pm at 441 Ministries / New City Cafe (441 Parsells Ave).  All meetings are open to the public.  We can also be reached by email.

Metro Justice
1115 East Main Street
Suite 207A, Box 16
Rochester, NY  14609