The Broome Community Land Trust
The Broome Community Land Trust (BCLT) and the Binghamton Community Power (BCP) stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
We can’t use this space to list more statistics trying to capture systemic racism in America.
Numbers about the sickening disparities in education, housing, wealth, health, and leadership can’t hold the anger, rage, and pain spilling onto the streets of this world.
Black Lives Matter is about just that. Lives.
Walking. Running. Resting. Sitting. Shopping. Driving. Having a good day. Having a terrible day. Helping someone. Heading home. Eating. Playing. Laughing. Sleeping.
Black Lives Matter is not a collection of words sharpied on a sign.
It’s a heavy and demanding promise.
A promise that white America, collectively, never made. Not the white “leaders” of government, of industry, or institutions. A promise white people refuse to make to this day, powerful statements or gestures aside.
Instead, the collective promise white people make and re-make each day is to uphold white supremacy at all costs. Housing, employment, clean energy, policing, funding, the ability to care for your child, voting…call out any system, any institution in this country, and it has been intentionally constructed to reward, reaffirm, and subsidize whiteness at great and unforgivable cost.
Fighting for safe, affordable, stable housing, particularly for Black Americans, should be the top, fight-with-all-you’ve-got, priority of every leader in this region, this state, and this country. Those who want to take office should have renewable energy platforms prioritizing the inclusion of those most negatively impacted by fossil and nuclear power.
Instead this work falls to community members and ill-funded, understaffed non-profits trying to band-aid wounds systematically re-opened day by day.
All this requires change.
Be careful when you speak “Black Lives Matter.”
You are not just saying words.
You are, and we are, making a promise to build a nation yet to be built.
BCLT and BCP stand with those demanding, for generations upon generations, enough.
We stand with Black residents of Broome County demanding healthy, joyous, accessible, and affordable housing. We stand with Black residents of Broome County demanding energy justice.
This moment is not new, but it will be historic.
Listen, and act.
Stand with those demanding disruption and change.
Stand for leadership by those who feel the pulse of this country.
And read Ta-Nehisi Coates, A Case for Reparations.
Who We Are
Welcome! We're a grassroots coalition of housing advocates committed to creating and launching a community land trust based right here in Broome County, New York -- and we have a grant to make it happen.
We're committed to racial justice, letting community lead, and making sure that everyone in this region has a safe, affordable, stable home. We want those folks most impacted by housing insecurity to own, govern, and lead our area’s Community Land Trust (CLT).
But wait! What's a community land trust? It's a tried and true way to keep affordable housing in the hands of community members. Take a look around this site and learn more!
Starting in 2020 and continuing through 2021, we have a ton of events coming your way (as well as ongoing projects you can check out below). We want to build trust and leadership in this project. Sign up for regular update e-mails and learn all about our progress.
By the way - if we haven't made it clear already - we want you to be a part of this thing!
WHAT WE DO
CLT Ambassador Program
The Broome CLT Ambassador Program will recruit up to 10 residents interested in racial and housing justice. Participants will learn about Community Land Trusts and then help us tell Broome County all about them. This program comes with a stipend for all Ambassadors and is geared toward developing board members for BCLT, or simply great allies to help us advocate for housing justice.
The 2020 Application Process is closed.
Youth Story Corps
Our young people are a huge part of who we are and what we will become. Because of that, we want to recruit, train, and pay high school and college students in Binghamton, New York to gather and produce stories about what finding safe, affordable, and stable housing looks like in our region.
Let's get these stories up and out there!
BCLT was created because of you! We are spending 2020-2021 getting the word out about CLTs through a series of community meetings (parties with speakers really).
Make sure to sign up so we can send you the where and the when!
One thing we know for sure, there are a lot of evictions in our region. BCLT seeks to gather eviction data in the City of Binghamton, with the goal of identifying the specific area where CLT owned properties will have the greatest impact.
Donate to BCLT
If you wish to make a donation, you will be directed to the PayPal for the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition - our fiscal sponsor for the current grant.
Please be aware that at this time BCLT is not a non-profit organization.