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Friday, June 8 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Community Land Trusts for Development Without Displacement

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A Community Land Trust movement is building in Baltimore. Through organizing networks and the local environmental justice movement, people are developing frameworks to support new and nascent trusts that offer a range of community solutions.

We’ll hear from Baltimore’s CLT leaders about the benefits of shared equity, the process of starting and maintaining a CLT, and the value of the community assets that can be built with the CLT structure. We’ll also discuss how organizers, nonprofit developers, and community members are utilizing CLTs so that low- and moderate-income people can build equity through homeownership, protect their right to remain in their neighborhoods, and build shared amenities.

Destiny Watford, 2016 Goldman Prize Recipient, will discuss the history of Baltimore’s CLT movement and the United Worker’s efforts to establish an affordable housing trust fund with the City. Lisa Hodges of the Westport Economic Development Corporation and Nichole Battle of GEDCO will discuss democratic design and Adriana Foster of the Charm City Land Trust will share the neighborhood view.

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Stephanie Smith

Assistant Director for Equity, Engagement and Communications, Baltimore City Dept. of Planning
Stephanie M. Smith is an Assistant Director for Equity, Engagement and Communications in the Baltimore City Department of Planning and a member of the Maryland Bar. Her work is focused on improving community participation in the land use system and enhancing the agency's engagement... Read More →

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Nichole Battle

Since June 2013, Nichole Battle as served as the Chief Executive Officer at Govans EcumenicalDevelopment Corporation (“GEDCO”). She originally started her career with GEDCO in 2006as the Director of Real Estate Development. As CEO, Nichole oversees the senior services,community... Read More →
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Natalie Cohen

Charm City Land Trusts
Natalie Cohen is the Environmental Coordinator and Educator at Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in McElderry Park.  Amazing Grace is the primary steward of the Amazing Port Street Commons, a Community Land Trust, and the only true, open green space in the neighborhood.  As... Read More →
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Lisa Hodges

CLT Project Manager, Westport Community Economic Development Corporation
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Destiny Watford

Greater Baybrook Community Land Trust
Destiny Watford is a human-rights organizer, full-time college student, and co-founder of Free Your Voice, a student-led human rights group, headquartered in Curtis Bay, MD. In 2016, Watford was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her outstanding work and leadership within... Read More →

Friday June 8, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Impact Hub Baltimore: Open Space West