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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.
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.
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
Dr. Cynthia Cole, Secretary
Find more information about our board here.
Fundraising & Finance & Donations
Joe Di Fiore (chair), Muhhamed Gazali, Liz McGriff, Shane Wiegand, Susan Domina, Dr. Cynthia Cole, Melissa Marquez, Burt Betchart
Community Outreach & Communications
Shane Wiegand (chair), Dr. Cynthia Cole, Joe Di Fiore, Liz McGriff, Tom Silva, Wallace Smith, Jared Yeoman, Allison Dentinger, Graham Hughes
Burt Betchart (chair), Joe Di Fiore, Mary Lupien, Donald Reinert
Policy & Governance
Melissa Marquez (chair), Burt Betchart, Joe Di Fiore, Jim Pergolizzi, Ryan Acuff, Liz McGriff
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.
1115 East Main Street
Suite 207A, Box 16
Rochester, NY 14609