1. Community Land Trusts (CLTs) establish long-term affordable housing and enable residents with low to moderate incomes to become homeowners. CLTs maintain ownership of their acquired land, allowing them to create permanently affordable housing. Even when houses are sold or rented, the original affordable price of the house stays the same. CLTs are thus able to ensure that homes are permanently affordable, even when market rate development and gentrification cause other homes in the same area to become unaffordable, pricing people out of the market. 
    2. CLT’s are also community based organizations. They are committed to the community members they serve, and are often involved in more than just affordable housing work. Partnerships with local organizations allow CLT’s to develop the entire community, not just the houses they purchase. Food security, youth employment opportunities, and education are just a few ways that CLT’s offer a wide range of services to their community members. In this way, CLT’s deliver both permanent affordable housing and community transformations. 

As many cities continue to feel the effects of gentrification and market rate development, CLTs are committed to establishing stable, affordable housing for residents experiencing increasing housing prices. The investment CLTs make in housing can build wealth in a neighborhood, leading to other positive changes in the community. Community members serving on the CLT know what changes the community wants, preventing outsiders from making the decisions.

    • Only members can vote, but all are welcome to attend!
    • To qualify as a member, you must live within the City of Rochester and meet 2 of the following 3 requirements:
      • 1) Have attended at least 4 CLT meetings in the past 12 months
      • 2) Have volunteered on behalf of the CLT at least once in the past 12 months
      • 3) Have paid annual dues in the amount of $25
    •  *If you live on land that is part of the CLT, you are automatically a member!*

City Roots has formed many relationships with local organizations in Rochester since its inception. It continues to work tirelessly with these organizations to bring meaningful, long-lasting change to the communities it serves.

Taproot Collective

Project Phoenix 

REACH Advocacy  Rochester 

Housing Justice Alliance 

Rochester Land Bank

City Wide Tenant Union of Rochester

Additional partnerships

  • Peace Village

Land Banks are usually public entities that acquire land and use it for future development. Lank banks are often focused on short-term rehabilitation or improvements. Once homes or buildings are repaired, they are usually passed onto private organizations. 

Land Trusts are mostly private, nonprofits that also focus on rehabilitation, renovation, and remediation. However, Land Trusts are focused on the long-term acquiring of land, and are heavily community oriented. Their goal is to work with community members and neighborhoods to restore housing and other public entities in the community.

More resources:

Land Banks and Community Land Trusts: Non Synonyms or Antonyms. Complements

Land Banking v. Land Trusting

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