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June Meeting Notes, Detroit Community Land Trust Coalition

Detroit Community Land Trust Coalition Meeting Notes
June 1, 2016

Agenda Overview

  1. Agreements (10 min)
  2. Introductions (5 min)
  3. Checkins w/ commitments from last meeting (10-15 mins)
  4. Google group, studies related to CLT policies (Jason), CLT folder w/ 101 Docs, CLT library (Aaron), clean-up good doc site (Naim), DLBA group, CLT funding (Melanie), person who got 6 adjacent lots (Miguel), Strategies for outreach to communities (Gaby)
  5. Main Discussion—selection of policies that help move projects forward and involvement/commitment to getting policies implemented (10-15 min)
  6. Work Group Updates/Check In (15 mins)
  7. Updates/Announcements (10 min)

Download the full DCLTC Meeting Notes June 1 2016

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Storehouse of Hope Community Land Trust: An Update

RevRoss564x198By Reverend Joan C. Ross

It has been three months to the date that we received the final deeds for the properties purchase from what was the largest tax foreclosure auction in the history of our country. The purchase of 14 properties was made possible by the successful fundraising efforts of the Detroit People’s Platform and the Storehouse of Hope Client’s Choice Food Pantry and a host of really faith-filled, believing partners, supporters and friends.

The campaign was called “Keep Our Homes Detroit” and was launch under a Go Fund Me campaign which lasted eight days. In the auction it was estimated that there were nearly 8,000 of the homes which still had families still leaving in those homes. Our goal was to keep as many families in their homes and not see more displacement happen. The effort brought out 321 supporters from all over the world and raised over $108,000. Prior to this campaign, we had received support from local partners and had raised $40,000 which enabled us to purchase one additional property, bringing our total to 15 properties purchased to.

But what we want to report on today is the progress that has been made over the past three months. And believe me, we have been busy. Our vision was to establish the first Community Land Trust in Detroit (CLT’s as they are called). You can learn more about CLT’s on our website: www.thestorehouseofhope.org.

Our first effort was to get to the families (once we had clear ownership of the properties) and educate them to the vision that we have for CLT and how the goal was to keep them in their homes. So we invited each family to attend the Annual Dinner for the Storehouse of Hope which was held on November 6th. As of now, ten of the houses are participating and are excited about the CLT, one elderly gentlemen had moved out and into a senior community (he said he’d move back once he heard about the CLT, but we think it was best for him to stay put, but four families have not responded to any contact that we have made. It is very likely that those families moved out or “self-evicted” themselves once they heard about the auction happening. But now, without their coming forward, we will have to follow the normal procedure to get possession of those properties.

Several of the families came to the dinner and we shared with them the Street of Dreams film. This movie was put together by four CLT communities who are “vintage” CLT’s. If you haven’t seen this film, we encourage you to contact the Citywide CLT Coalition (Aaron Handelsman oversees that convening) conducted by the People’s Platform and arrange for a showing. It will certainly change your block club or local group’s perspective on community development.

The Board of Directors of the Storehouse of Hope, at their Annual Dinner Meeting voted to create the Storehouse of Hope Community Land Trust (SOHCLT). Storehouse of Hope is a 501 C 3 organization which has operated successfully in the North End since 2008, when it was organized as a Client’s Choice Emergency Food Pantry. At its peak, Storehouse of Hope serves nearly 3,000 families annually.

The board also approved the hiring of someone to attend to the work of establishing and building the CLT. We needed someone on board who would be working directly with the families and assisting them with what CLT’s call “Stewardship”. Stewardship refers to being responsible for the families and seeing that the CLT assist them in meeting their needs and causing them to be successful. The “stewardship” element is what creates community.   It’s what sets a CLT apart from just selling a house and walking away or in just being a landlord. Penni Johnson, was selected for the position. Penni is the managing member of Purpose Driven Deliverables and is filling the position as an outside contractor position through her company. She had over 10 years with NSO and had worked with the Storehouse of Hope and other local organizations in capacity building work in a grant funded by NSO. Mrs. Johnson’s job is the day to day contact, and support for the families. Her title is Stewardship Administrator.

Well here’s where the work gets started. Each house had to be assessed and intake information had to be gathered on each household. Many of the families were in houses without heat, water and in some cases, no other utilities. As of this writing we have accessed and made essential repairs on five house, four of which had to have furnaces.

Essential repairs, are just that. Getting heat and water to the properties and making sure that the families can get in and out of the houses. A couple of them have had break-ins and so have boarded doors in what they hoped was a secure manner. Most of those “secure” manners would have trapped them in and in case of emergency, they would not have been able to escape. No cosmetic repairs have been done and outside assessments will be done in the spring. We had a family, mother and young daughter sleeping in their car with the engine running to keep warm. We have spent an average of $4,500 per house and we still have five houses to go. And there is the unknown condition of the other five.

SHHCLTMAPAnother thing that we have done is thanks to the generous donations of Linda Campbell and Simeon Maycock (Maycock Construction Services), we have received some much needed furniture for the families. That best expresses community. We had families that needed beds and living room furniture and we put out a call and got their needs met.

Certainly, this Blog leaves you with more questions. Much of this we are learning as we go. We can say that the families that are working with us are excited. Repairs they never thought they could get done have been done. The families are serving on a committee with the Storehouse of Hope Board Members to establish the policies and procedures for the CLT. Several of them have been interviewed by a couple of national magazines and while they may not have all the answers they know that it is better to work in community than to stand it alone.

One final thing. We are now organizing our CLT by districts and are planning our first community activity called Rake n’ Run. This is a neighborhood clean-up party and planting scheduled for late April or early May. We will need volunteers. Stay tuned for details.

We are attaching a map, not with the addresses of the properties but with how the properties layout by districts. So we encourage you to support the first CLT in Detroit, pray for the families as you pray for our city and visit our website and stay connected with the People’s Platform. Continue to strive for “equity” for us and know that surviving just isn’t enough.

We are going to thrive and grow.

And we will build them as at the first.”

Submitted by:
Reverend Joan C. Ross
Board Chair, Storehouse of Hope
& Storehouse of Hope Community Land Trust

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More About Community Land Trusts

Stop Foreclosure Evictions
Build Community Land Trust
#KeepOurHomesDetroit

Donate before the auction ends Oct. 22nd!
http://www.gofundme.com/ourhomesdetroit

Thank you all again for the ongoing support of the #KeepOurHomesDetroit Campaign. We’re excited to share that, as of Saturday at 2pm you have helped us to raise $35,303 of our $100k goal!

We’ve been answering questions along the way and sharing more about our work and the campaign. Here’s more information about Community Land Trusts.

How will Keep Our Homes Detroit work?
There have been other charitable efforts to buffer the impact of the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction on Detroiters. #KeepOurHomesDetroit is different because our program will not only keep Detroiters facing evictions IN THEIR HOMES, but will also grow the Storehouse of Hope Community Land Trust and support the #HomesForAll Housing and Tenant Rights Campaign.

What is a Community Land Trust and how does it work?

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Community Land Trusts (CLTs) have become a hot topic in communities across Detroit and in the halls of city government. In April, the Detroit Land Bank Authority passed a resolution stating that it would facilitate the transfer of land into CLTs if the City Council supports such a policy. Four community groups who have been researching and organizing around CLTs are now looking to start projects in their neighborhoods. It is a better time than ever to insist that the city and Land Bank Authority create policies to set aside land for community-owned and directed development that  will benefit new, existing and future residents.

As they help to stabilize neighborhoods CLTs can also own land in trust for permanently affordable rental housing, community owned and focused development.

What are they?
CLTs create supportive structures for the whole community.
CLTs prioritize community sustainability and stability over short-term growth and profits. People over profit.
CLTs are organized as non-profit or community groups that use money and resources for the common good.
CLTs are represented by boards and are governed in a manner that reflects the community and responds to local interest.
CLTs can be used to buffer the impact of gentrification and displacement on existing residents, preserve community identity and develop sustainably .

How do they work?
CLTs are structured depending on community needs and preferences.
CLT’s across the country facilitate affordable housing, open space/park preservation, and revenue generating cooperative enterprise. In Detroit, permanent affordability without major subsidy is made possible through low acquisition costs.
CLTs leverage community development dollars to make home-ownership affordable to low income residents by reducing the cost of living.
CLTs use a resale cap to keep equity, subsidies, and the value of improvements in the community,  which preserves affordability.

What is needed to start one?
CLTs are based on ‘Boots on the Ground’ organizing that leads to a strong community vision and business plan.
CLTs are based in strong relationships with existing block clubs, community organizations, local businesses and elected officials.
CLTs work from a shared set of values and principles.
CLTs exist as independent nonprofits, as programs, affiliates, or subsidiaries of existing nonprofits. Each model has its pros and cons, where there is an inverse relationship between risk/liability and control.

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Detroit People’s Platform
detroitpeoplesplatform.org
@detroitpeoples
313.338.9396

Stop Foreclosure Evictions
Build Community Land Trust
#KeepOurHomesDetroit

Donate before the auction ends Oct. 22nd!
http://www.gofundme.com/ourhomesdetroit

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DATA DiscoTech, Sept 19, 11a-3p, Samaritan Center

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Saturday, September 18, 11am-3pm
Samaritan Center
5555 Conner St.
Detroit 48213

The event is open to the public and free.

A “DiscoTech” is a term coined by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and is short for “Discovering Technology.” These public technology fairs, offer interactive, multimedia
workshops to demystify technology concepts.

The Data Discotech will include hands-on data literacy trainings, community surveying and discussions about the potential benefits and harms of the City of Detroit’s Open Data policy.

Some examples of workshops that will be presented at the DiscoTech include How to FOIA, Mapping with Data,and Policy for Data Justice Provisions. Other workshops are organized in partnership with grassroots organizers working around issues of housing, food, land, education, and community benefits ordinances, highlighting their intersections with digital justice.

Examples of questions we hope to explore at the Data DiscoTech include:

  • What open data can we use and how can we use it to prevent water shutoffs?
  • What information on blight is available and how can communities use it to reclaim their communities?
  • What personal data is public?
  • How does one go about ensuring their identity is secure?
  • What makes up my online identity?
  • How can we further help people understand what data is available to help solve problems in their communities?
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Detroiters Working to Keep Families in their Homes Pack Council Meeting

Detroiters Working to Keep Families in their Homes Pack Council Meeting

News from The People’s Platform

Detroiters Working to Keep Families in their Homes Pack Council Meeting
Almost one sixth of population could be kicked out of their homes

DETROIT – Members of the Detroit People’s Platform were among those that packed a Detroit City Council meeting to support a resolution for a moratorium on home tax foreclosures in Detroit.  March 31 could mark the day that Detroit sets the record for the largest number of tax foreclosures in US History on a single day. About 100,000 people could be forced from their homes because of tax foreclosures from Wayne County. Families threatened with losing their homes because of their Wayne County tax bill were among many that spoke out at the Council meeting.

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Platform Members and supporters at City Council Meeting to present a People’s Resolution, Petition Signatures and public comment on the Mass Tax Foreclosure planned next week in Detroit. Photo Credit detroitcommunicator.com

The Detroit People’s Platform turned in thousands of petition signatures from people calling for a moratorium on foreclosure. Platform members also read a People’s Resolution to Stop the Foreclosures that shared the demands of impacted residents, community groups and the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM), Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC), Storehouse of Hope, North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), and the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

“Detroit families have added keeping their homes to list of struggles people are facing every day such as water shut offs and poor public transportation,” said Linda Campbell of the Detroit People’s Platform. “It is essential that the Detroit City Council join with their constituents to hold this city together. We can’t tolerate thousands of hard working people becoming homeless.”

"PUBLIC COMMENT: THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM... STOP THE FORECLOSURE" Linda Campbell, Building Movement, Detroit People's Platform reads a People's Resolution into the public record and presents thousands of signatires to Detroit City Council, March 24, 2015 Photo Credit: Detroit Council Pres. Brenda Jones Facebook Page

“PUBLIC COMMENT: THE PEOPLE’S PLATFORM… STOP THE FORECLOSURE” Linda Campbell, Building Movement, Detroit People’s Platform reads a People’s Resolution into the public record and presents thousands of signatures to Detroit City Council, March 24, 2015 Photo Credit: Detroit Council Pres. Brenda Jones Facebook Page

Those working to keep Wayne County tax foreclosures from creating yet another crisis in the city are asking for a moratorium on foreclosures to allow newly enacted safeguards to kick in. Council Member Castañeda-López put forth for a Council Resolution of the Foreclosure Crisis on Monday, March 24 and it is currently being prepared. Council will vote on the resolution this week.

“We have new tax laws that haven’t had time to work and we know property in Detroit has been over-assessed resulting in unfair tax bills,” said Aaron Handelsman of the Detroit People’s Platform. “It’s really only fair that the new laws and fair values be used before thousands are summarily ejected from their homes.”

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“PUBLIC COMMENT: the Detroit People’s Platform…. That a halt be placed on all Tax Foreclosures for a one year, remove all tax liens for past due water bills, pass a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance that insures pair and equitable development and Promote Housing Security by enacting a Community Land Trust policy and redefining Neighborhood Affordability to reflect the economic reality of low income communities.” Aaron Handelsman, Detroit People’s Platform reads a People’s Resolution into the public record at Detroit City Council, March 24, 2015 Photo Credit: Detroit Council Pres. Brenda Jones Facebook Page

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Sign the Petition!

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.

Long-time residents are the heart and soul of Detroit. Ongoing displacement of our families from mortgage and tax foreclosures has been devastating. Public services are being cut and privatized, and Detroiters are being pushed out of their generational homes. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

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Action Alert: Foreclosure Emergency – Help keep people in their homes

Correction: The wrong dates for the Show Cause Hearings were shared in the earlier Action Update. Please take a moment to forward these correct dates. The Tax Foreclosure Show Cause Hearings will be held at Cobo Hall, 9am-5pm, Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th and Monday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 5th. The last day of Show Cause hearings for Detroiters is Thursday, Feb 5th and it is the 9 am session only. There is no afternoon hearing on that day for Detroit property owners. Wayne County’s notice posted in the Legal News states that they will see any tax payer at any time during these specific days.

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1 in 7 Detroiters could lose their homes in the fall 2015 Tax Foreclosure Auction if they do not take action by March 31st!

Detroit People’s Platform
HOMES FOR ALL DETROITERS!

Action Alert Update: January 26th, 2015“Nearly one is seven Detroit homeowners could see their homes auctioned off in the fall… 80,000 PROPERTIES IN FORECLOSURES, 45,000 OF THEM OCCUPIED HOMES” http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/new-help-for-avoiding-foreclosure-in- detroit/30504228

HOMEOWNERS:
The Tax Foreclosure Show Cause Hearings will be held at Cobo Hall, 9am-5pm, Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th and Monday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 5th. The last day of Show Cause hearings for Detroiters is Thursday, Feb 5th and it is the 9 am session only. There is no afternoon hearing on that day for Detroit property owners. Wayne County’s notice posted in the Legal News states that they will see any tax payer at any time during those specific days. For further information, please send an email to taxinfo@waynecounty.com or call the Wayne County Taxpayer Assistance Department at (313) 224-6105

CONCERNED NEIGHBORS & People’s Platform Members
Take Action!
– ATTEND TRAINING WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28th – 5:30 – 8:30pm
Attend this training to support the Show Cause events above and future Tax Foreclosure Information Sessions with People’s Platform partner organizations throughout the city.

About the Training
Those attending the training with Ted Phillips and United Community Housing Coalition will learn more about the recent state legislation that made changes to the tax law, how to read a tax bill, how to screen folks to determine what kind of assistance they qualify for and also how to help somebody with a simple tax delinquency fill out the forms needed to enter into a payment agreement. 
5:30 – 8:30pm, food at 5 with the training at 6pm 
at Repair the World Workshop, 2701 Bagley Ave in Southwest Detroit, 48216
Please RSVP to homesforall@detroitpeoplesplatform.org

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District 6: Land Forum event

Land Forum event in District 6 Tmrw Night.

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We hope you will join us for the third Land Forum workshop tomorrowNovember 18th at Repair the World on 2701 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48216 from 5:30 – 8PM. The agenda will start at 6PM with light refreshments provided at 5:30PM. Please feel free to share our flyer with your networks.

Land Forum III offers attendees to learn about and get answers to questions about how to plan for, purchase and develop vacant land in Detroit, including working with City entities to move land reuse projects forward.  To RSVP or learn more, please contact Samira Guyot at (313) 969 7204 or sguyot@mi-community.com. A more detailed overview of the program and its goals is provided below. Event flyer attached.

What Is Land Forum?

The Land Forum Workshop is an educational platform designed to de-mystify the process of buying vacant property in Detroit for residents in Detroit with the end goal of building a cohort of informed buyers from communities engaged in revitalization efforts. The workshop is offered at a public location every other month to allow time for attendees to follow up on process steps identified at the prior land forum or to conduct their own research. The Land Forum workshop is structured to guide attendees through the process of acquiring and using vacant land step by step over time.

The major steps in buying property or reusing vacant land are divided into topic areas for the attendee. Expert speakers staff resource tables focused on each major step including planning (land use and business), location scouting, acquisition (+ due diligence), and development. LF is an initiative that leverages the resources of many organizations to address vacant property reuse.  Land Forum is a partnership between the Greening of Detroit, Michigan Community Resources, the Damon J. Keith Center at Wayne State University, and the Wayne State Law School’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law.

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Community Development Hearings

We apologize for the short notice on these meetings. We did not receive the information until Monday of this week.

Community Development Hearings

The City of Detroit needs your input regarding federal funds received for four programs administered by the Planning and Development Department. During November, residents are encouraged to attend one of the seven district hearings to provide comments on how these funds should be spent in your community.

On average, the City of Detroit applies for and receives $40 million per year in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding for four programs. The four HUD programs are:

•    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
•    HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
•    Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
•    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

In addition, the City of Detroit is also developing Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs). Communities with approved NRSAs are offered en- hanced flexibility in undertaking economic development, housing, and public service activities with CDBG funds.

These programs require citizen participation. That’s You!

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Make your voice heard regarding how these funds can be used each year in your community by coming out to a District meeting. All relevant comments and opinions will become part of a report submitted to HUD. Your comments will also be presented to the Mayor and City Council. District meeting information is shown on the back of this page.

DISTRICT HEARINGS

District 2
November 3 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, Detroit, MI 48235

District 1
November 5 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser, Detroit, MI 48219

District 5
November 6 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, MI 48214

District 6
November 8 • Noon – 2 p.m. • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere, Detroit, MI 48209

District 7
November 13 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Adams Butzel, 10500 Lyndon, Detroit, MI 48238

District 3
November 14 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Farwell Recreation Center, 2781 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48234

District 4
November 22 • Noon – 2 p.m. • Samaritan Center, 5555 E. Conner, Detroit, MI 48213

City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
For meeting information, call (313) 628-0044

 

 

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