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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:

Joe Di Fiore – President

Ryan Van Alstyne – Vice President

Liz McGriff – Treasurer

Marie Meza – Secretary

Ryan Acuff

Burt Betchart

Muhhamed Gazali

Melissa Marquez

Jim Pergolizzi

Cynthia Simmons

Wallace Smith

Doreen Young

Fundraising & Donations Committee
Marie Meza (Lead), Muhhamed Gazali, Katie Liebel, Liz McGriff, Teresa Owen, Ryan Van Alstyne

Community Outreach
Shane Wiegand (Lead), Sandra Anderson, Joe Di Fiore, Leslie Knox, Hasana Martin, Marie Meza, Wallace Smith, Teresa Owen

Technology Committee
Burt Betchart (Lead), Joe Di Fiore

Ground Lease Committee
Joe Di Fiore (lead), Burt Betchart, Melissa Marquez, Jim Pergolizzi





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The City Roots Community Land Trust currently meets from 5:30-7pm at the NEAD office (360 Webster Ave).  All meetings are open to the public.  We can also be reached by email.