Support Development without Displacement!
I know you share a love of our city so I want to share with you an amazing opportunity we have to do something great. As you know, Baltimore’s affordable housing is in historic decline. We now have an opportunity to change this course and secure public investment in permanently affordable housing by creating community land trusts.
What is a community land trust? A community land trust is a non-profit community led institution that develops and preserves affordable housing, parks and other projects in neighborhoods. They also happen to be a great way for first time homebuyers to build equity. Great idea, right?!
Here is what the Baltimore Sun had to say about our idea:
The Baltimore Sun editorial board wrote: "community land trusts could serve as a useful tool in maintaining a healthy and equitable housing market. And now is the time to set them up — before rising property values make them unworkable. Expanding their presence in Baltimore should be on the next mayor's agenda, whoever he or she may be.”
The leading candidates for Mayor and city council have expressed strong support including Sheila Dixon, Catherine Pugh, and Deray McKesson.
We are going to hold our mayor and city council to it! We launched the 20/20 Campaign which will place organizers with community land trusts in East, North East, Central and South West Baltimore to grow support and leadership for the community land trust vision.
So please support this important effort and make a donation.
The 20/20 Campaign grassroots organizing summer program will cost $5,000 – that will pay for 300 hours of community organizing, 4 organizers working in 4 Baltimore communities. And that should be enough to get us the community land trusts our city needs and our community deserves.
Please give as generously as you can: $500, $250, $100, $50, even $25 or whatever you can afford. Click here to help put organizers in the field, knocking on doors and bringing people together to realize their power to make historic change in Baltimore.