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Building Affordability Through Community Control: Panel & Discussion

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Museum of Art & History — Garden Room

705 Front St

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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What is community ownership? How can we create equitable development and curb displacement?

Join us for an informational workshop on how community ownership and control are enabling cities and counties like ours to take land and housing off the speculative market, combat the housing crisis, and promote long-term affordability, stability, and equity for both renters and homeowners. Hear about specific models like community land trusts and limited equity coops, and the range of groups that have come together to get them off the ground— including community-based organizations, tenant associations, local employers, unions, churches, school districts, cities, and counties. With a panel of leading organizers, advocates, and funders of these efforts in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, we will learn about the key principles of community ownership and control, as well as the local funding, policy, and land-use strategies making these models possible. Following our panel we will have a Q/A, topical break-out sessions, and a final group discussion about how these models could be developed here in Santa Cruz.


This event is free and open to the public, though space is limited. Please RSVP.


6:00:6:15 Doors open snacks available

6:15-7:15 Panel: Visions for Community Ownership

Panelists:

Zachary Murray, Program Manager, Oakland Community Land Trust [OakCLT]

Zach has wide-ranging experience in housing and community development, serving as state and local policy specialist with Grounded Solutions in Oakland, and economic equity manager at the Greenlining Institute also in Oakland. At OakCLT, he promotes neighborhood stability and community involvement through the provision of permanently affordable housing and access to land, as well as the development of open space, agricultural, commercial, and retail facilities that serve low-income residents. In 2018, Zach organized the People’s Land and Housing Convening, out of which arose an alliance of community land trusts in the greater Bay Area. He holds a BA in Africana Studies and BS in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.

Erika Malone, Senior Homeownership Specialist, City of Seattle Office of Housing

Erika is a social sector professional with over 20 years of experience in various roles within the affordable housing and community development arena. This includes as national Director of Technical Assistance with the Grounded Solutions Network and as Executive Director of the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition. She also created and leads a consultancy that assists communities and community-based organizations across the country to solve a wide range of affordable housing issues, including through community land trusts. For the City of Seattle Erika crafts policy and implements programs that increase access, equity and stability through homeownership.

Ruby Harris, Manager of Community Development Lending, Northern California Community Loan Fund [NCCLF]

Ruby has 19 years of experience in the affordable housing field, ranging from nonprofit management, program and product design, project management, public policy, finance and grant-making. In her most recent role, Ruby was the Program Manager for the City of San Francisco’s Small Sites Program and was instrumental in preserving hundreds of housing units throughout the city. Ruby holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and City Planning. At NCCLF, she helps advance their mission of promoting economic justice and alleviating poverty in Northern and Central California communities by increasing the financial resilience and sustainability of community-based nonprofits and supporting affordable housing development.

Ojan Mobedshahi, Finance Director at the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative [East Bay PREC]

Ojan’s experience draws from work in native landscape design, restoration and education, real estate brokerage, and construction and development, and informs his mission-driven integration of social justice and real estate finance. The East Bay PREC was born out of a collaboration between the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network and the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Ojan has helped East Bay PREC develop their innovative model, which combines limited equity housing principles with cooperative real estate ownership, and uses a Cooperative Corporation to own permanent title to the land. The owners (aka members) of the cooperative include residents of the property and of the surrounding community.

7:15-7:45 Question/Answer

7:45-8:15 Topical Breakout Sessions

8:15-8:30 Reconvene and ideas for next steps

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