We aim to create a land conservancy that works to address the “nature gap” that has existed alongside other social and economic disparities between communities of color and wealthier communities. Access to green space and public gathering places is critical to the health and well-being of both individuals and communities, but it is often a secondary priority for affordable housing advocates and is often left out of land use decision-making in communities of color.
The organization’s core functions will include:
- Acquiring and holding land so parks and green spaces can be integrated into land use planning in underserved communities
- Advocating for the integration of publicly accessible open space into development projects
- Providing technical advice to community-based organizations and partnering with them on land use issues
- Empowering communities of color to participate in land use decision-making and amplifying their voices
We are currently raising funds so we can enlist the expertise of land use and real estate experts in developing a business plan that includes the establishment of a revolving fund for land acquisition.