“Community Land Trusts: Tools for Uplifting Community Values”
The Charm City Land Trusts is a resident-led organization designed to hold land together and cultivate a neighborhood vision that promotes the values, prioritizes the needs, and creates a path for community ownership of its residents. CCLT is active in East Baltimore, a historically redlined community that is stewarding vibrant community green space, reclaiming vacants, and organizing for policy change that will support the CLT movement. CCLT is becoming a tool through which neighbors values are made evident in the space we inhabit, especially as we grapple with market forces that displace and disorganize our communities.
Adriana Foster is a leadership organizer with United Workers and a co-facilitator of the Baltimore Housing Roundtable. She lives and works in East Baltimore and is a member of Charm City Land Trusts. Her work centers on the human right to land, housing, and development that meets community needs.