Thanks to the generous support of the community, we have reached the amount needed to secure Liz's home! (more details coming soon!) But keep the contributions coming!
Additional funds raised will be used as seed money to purchase more properties and help City Roots Community Land Trust provide permanently-affordable housing for other hard working, lower income Rochesterians.
Donations have ranged from $10 to thousands of dollars. As of December 17, we have had 66 donors. With another $2960 we will be at our $15,000 goal.
Spread the word. Help us energize those out there with pennies to spare. With your help, we are going to change our city!
Read below for original information about the fundraiser, and check out today's update to information about how community land trusts work.
We have had a number of offline donations. If you wish to donate by check, please make those checks out to City Roots Community Land Trust, and mail to Julie Gelfand, 43 Kimbark Rd, Rochester, NY 14610.
Original Information: With your help, Elizabeth McGriff will successfully reach the end of her long journey to win back her home, a struggle marked by determination, sacrifice, and bravery. Just as exciting? Her victory will launch an era of community control to Rochester via The City Roots Community Land Trust.
Elizabeth is hoping to buy back her home with help from her community, and The City Roots Community Land Trust has taken moves to make that happen. After 5 years of attempts to negotiate an unjust foreclosure. Elizabeth’s struggle has included multiple eviction defenses, court dates, rallies by supporters, and the reoccupying of her home despite court orders to evict. She has stood strong, despite not knowing if she and her son would have a place to live from one day to the next. There is still a standing order of eviction which the Monroe County Sheriff may carry out any day..
The City Roots Community Land Trust works to ensure permanent affordability of homeownership, and is now raising funds in order to assist with the purchase of Elizabeth McGriff's home at 618 Cedarwood Terracein Rochester, NY. Having now the bank's cooperation, Liz is closer than ever to getting back her home!
The purchase will also launch the pioneering model of permanently affordable, democratically-controlled housing in Rochester, NY. Your donation to the Community Land Trust will allow Ms. McGriff to keep her home, while assuring that it will remain affordable for her and the next generation.
Any extra funds raised beyond what is needed to secure Liz's home will be used as seed money to purchase more properties and help City Roots Community Land Trust provide housing for more hard working, lower income Rochesterians.
The City Roots Community Land Trust is a 501c3 organization. Donations to this organization are eligible for tax deduction.
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