Agrarian Trust

NYC Community Land Initiative

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.



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.  



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.  



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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