URGENT! Help Liz McGriff & City Roots CLT Buy Back Her Home

For: Elizabeth McGriff and the City Roots Community Land Trust
Rochester, NY
Organizer: City Roots Community Land Trust
$15,312
of $15,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 92 donors

The Story

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.

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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. 

See Sample Media from Her Long Struggle

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 31, 2017

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Posted on December 31, 2017

It's the last day of 2017!

Everytime I go to my email mailbox today, there is yet another call for a donation before the year ends. So, here's mine! We crossed over the goal line, but we're not going to stop running. Today is the last day to make a donation and take advantage of 2017 tax credits.

Unlike many of the emails I'm receiving today, I'm not telling you that we're going to sink if you don't do this. We are winning! We are growing! And now is a great opportunity to help us grow further while taking advantage of end of year tax deductions.

Thanks!


Posted on December 26, 2017

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Posted on December 26, 2017

We made it!

On the morning of 12/26/17, you have helped us make $15000, make Liz McGriff the owner of her own home, and put City Roots Community Land Trust on the path! 

To all who contributed either with cash or by spreading the word, thank so much! 

To all who stood with Liz in her determination to keep her home, who sat on her door step, carried signs, and encouraged her to keep on, we did it!

To all who helped create and build City Roots Community Land Trust, can you believe this is now a reality?

So, what now?

We need to keep this up. Donations are still needed and appreciated. The city of Rochester needs to join in, and commit to growth from the ground up, rather than trickle down, tax breaks to the wealthy. Let's give our communities back their voices.

So, if you haven't contributed, we will still appreciate your offerings. If you want to contribute more, thanks again!

And to everyone, Happy Boxing Day. 




Posted on December 25, 2017

Posted on December 25, 2017

It's Only $1745 until Christmas! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Anyone??

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