Access to affordable housing is a top priority for our region, particularly for historically underserved communities and communities of color, where many residents live in fear of displacement. But lost in this discussion is access to nature, which is vital for health, well-being, and social cohesion.
Discriminatory policies such as redlining have caused low-income neighborhoods to have much less green space than well-off neighborhoods. At the same time, these communities often fear that adding parks and open space will increase property values and thereby contribute to further displacement. This leaves them with a false choice between housing stability and access to nature.
We propose to create a land conservancy led by people of color that acts as an accredited representative of marginalized communities and allows them to:
- Acquire, own and design public open space to serve the needs of their community
- Advocate for the simultaneous development of affordable housing and quality, public-accessible open space
- Benefit from partnerships with established conservancies, while maintaining authority over land use projects
We are currently raising funds to develop a business plan and establish a revolving fund for land acquisition and community capacity building.
Communities of color working together to close the Nature Gap
- CLC Case For Support(533.5 KB PDF)