THE BROOME COMMUNITY LAND TRUST
AMBASSADOR PROGRAM 2021
APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW THROUGH MARCH 12!
Ready to take a leadership role in increasing affordable housing choices for local
residents and families?
Ready to learn how to be a more effective advocate for housing justice right here in
Binghamton, particularly for people of color?
AND WANT TO GET PAID TO DO IT?
Then consider applying for the Broome Community Land Trust Ambassador Program,
an educational program for residents that have experienced housing insecurity!
“WHAT IS THIS?”
A small grassroots coalition of housing advocates secured a grant to support the
creation of the Broome Community Land Trust (BCLT), a group with a
focus on affordable housing and racial justice.
We want to keep expanding our local network of residents who care about housing
justice for all, and mobilize them around bold solutions here in the Binghamton area,
including community-owned housing (no more slumlords!)
That’s why we’ll select at least TEN residents interested in racial and housing justice into
the second round of our BCLT Ambassador Program. Participants will learn about
community land trusts (CLTs) and then help us tell Broome County all about them.
“THIS SOUNDS INTERESTING: WHAT WILL I DO?”
As a BCLT Ambassador, you will make a commitment of approximately 50 hours over
the five months of the program, from April to August.
(See below for more schedule details).
Over four months, you will:
1. Attend 6 training sessions (about 2 hours/session)
in April and May with a focus on housing justice, and
2. Conduct a limited amount of community outreach in June, July, and August
(about 10 hours per month) to engage and listen to neighbors about their
housing needs, and share with them the information learned during the training
session, such as the Broome CLT initiative, tenant protections, and more, and
3. Attend a graduation celebration!
In return, each BCLT Ambassador will receive $1,500 in total, with installments made
each month based on meeting participation goals.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the above timeline and format may need to be altered to
protect public health and the safety of our BLCT Ambassadors. For example, training
sessions may need to be conducted virtually, and if so, then we will make sure every
BCLT Ambassador has the technology and resources needed to participate.
“WHAT WILL I LEARN?”
As a BCLT Ambassador, you will be provided education, skill-development, and support
in the following areas:
The Need for Housing Justice
A history of how racist housing and lending policies in the U.S. shaped
our neighborhoods and denied people of color opportunities and wealth; and
how this has had lasting negative impacts on black and brown communities today.
What is a CLT, and how does it work?
A history and overview of CLTs in America:
From the civil rights movement to a national network of radical housing champions.
Advocating for Others.
Understanding the rights of tenants and learning more
about local housing resources.
Effective community engagement, organizing, and outreach practices.
....and much, much more!
ANY OTHER DETAILS ON THE SCHEDULE?
We may need to adjust the schedule based on availability of the Ambassadors and
depending on what’s happening with COVID-19, but here’s an approximate schedule.
Keeping COVID-19 safety protocol in mind please note: If training sessions take place
in person, each meeting will include free dinner and free childcare!!
Feb 1: Program Announcement and Open Application
Mar 12: Application deadline
Mar 15-19: Selected ambassadors will be notified via e-mail or phone
Mar 31: Orientation Session
April: Training Sessions 1, 2, and 3
May: Training Session 4, 5, and 6
June: Limited community outreach (up to 10 hours)*
July: Limited community outreach (up to 10 hours)*
August: Limited community outreach (up to 10 hours)*
* BCLT Ambassadors will be expected to do about 10 hours/month of door-to-door
outreach in June, July, and August, scheduled at your own convenience. We will
explore alternative activities in the event there are still restrictions in place due to
COVID-19. We will always prioritize the health and safety of BCLT Ambassadors and
“I’M INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?”
If you’re interested, we encourage you to apply!
In an effort to create an inclusive and accessible application process for all,
we are offering interested residents two different ways to apply:
You can submit your application online, using the link below.
You can schedule a phone interview, which will include the
same questions on the online application form, but it will be a bit more relaxed,
informal, and personable. Please reach us at (607) 269-7709 to schedule an interview.
We plan to select about 10 BCLT Ambassadors, but if there is a lot of interest,
we may consider adding more Ambassadors.
If you’re interested in other volunteer work for the Broome CLT, reach out – we have plenty to do!