Working the urban landscape:

From the NYC Community Land Initiative:

Expanding Community Land Trusts in New York City is a big and complex goal, so we have broken into groups to work on different pieces of the puzzle.

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EDUCATION & OUTREACH

The housing crisis is big, and the community land trust model is complex, so this work group is focused on creating and sharing popular-education materials that will help us facilitate discussion around these ideas with various audiences. We’re also focused on identifying new organizations and individuals that should be part of the conversation; identifying self-interest and working collaboratively with them to create CLTs that meet the needs of diverse communities.  

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POLICY & LEGISLATION 

Community land trusts allow for grassroots development led by directly-impacted communities, but government still has a role to play. What policies and laws need to be changed to facilitate the creation and expansion of community land trusts?  What new policies and laws are needed?  P&L is focused on understanding the policy/legislative landscape, clarifying our goals, translating them into legislative language, and developing a strategy. This workgroup will also focus on the involvement of elected officials and city agency heads, as well as other powerful potential allies.  

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EAST HARLEM/EL BARRIO CLT

While we focus on big-picture work like popular education and changing laws and policies, this is not an abstract conversation.  This work group has developed a detailed scenario for how a neighborhood-based community land trust could be established in East Harlem/El Barrio that utilizes a mix of vacant and occupied property.  This group is working closely with Education & Outreach to discuss this scenario with interested residents and to develop a demonstration project.  We are also working to develop a case-study planning tool that other groups and neighborhoods can use to replicate our process. 

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