Who We Are

City Roots Community Land Trust was founded in 2016 and works to establish and promote permanent affordability, development without displacement,  and community wealth building within Rochester, NY.

Our Mission:

As a community-driven organization we work to establish and promote permanently affordable, equitable housing in Rochester, ensuring development without displacement by empowering neighbors, having the community both own and manage land, and bridging socioeconomic divisions.

Our Vision:

We are a collaborative of homeowners, renters, youth, allies and partners working together to strengthen the Rochester community by cultivating the perspective that socially-owned land can help affirm housing as a human right, build community wealth, and allow for investment in our communities without displacing those who live there.

Meet Our Board:…

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

Find more information about our board here.