Communities of Color working together to close the nature gap

About the CLC

We’re a people of color-led land conservancy that acquires land for parks in historically underserved communities — so that our community voices are heard and centered in land use decision-making.

Join CLC for our first virtual engagement session

Housing or Parks?
A False Dilemma

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
6-8 p.m.

After many months of planning, we’re so excited to kick off the Community Land Conservancy (CLC) and introduce ourselves to y’all with this engagement session and fundraiser. Join us virtually on Oct. 20 to discuss and learn about how we will tackle disparities and inequities when it comes to lack of green spaces in underserved communities, particularly in communities of color.

Why the Community Land Conservancy is needed

Access to nature is vital for health, well-being, and social cohesion. Yet this important issue is often overlooked in discussions about equitable access to affordable housing, particularly for historically underserved communities and communities of color, where many live in fear of displacement. 

“The CLC is led by people of color and acts as an accredited representative of marginalized communities”

Racist policies such as redlining have caused low-income neighborhoods to have much less green space than well-off neighborhoods. At the same time, communities of color 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.

This is why Community Land Conservancy wants to create a land conservancy led by people of color that acts as an accredited representative of marginalized communities and enables us to:

  • Acquire, own and design public open space to serve the needs of our communities
  • 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

Read our Case for Support