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Joesé Hernandez
  (714) 252-3705

Luis Sarmiento  (714) 425-5562


WHAT: After months of dialogue and collaboration with City staff and elected officials, community organizations, residents, and allies will gather in front of Santa Ana City Hall to urge City Council to allocate land to THRIVE Santa Ana, a Community Land Trust (CLT). A community land trust is a nonprofit organization that administers land for local needs such as affordable housing and commercial spaces, and can include innovative projects such as urban agriculture or skate parks.

Immediately before the Council meeting, OCCORD will also be releasing its official report “Growing Together: A Case for A Community Land Trust Strategies in Santa Ana,” which offers the results of research, recommendations, and explains how CLTs have been used as a strategy in over 200 cities in the US. CLTs have seen remarkable success when it comes to keeping land affordable and protected from land speculation, real estate crashes, and other market forces that often displace residents. CLTs allow residents and community groups direct participation in the urban development process.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Press Conference at 4:15 pm

City Council Meeting at 5:45pm

WHERE: Santa Ana City Hall.

20 Civic Center Plaza,

Santa Ana, CA 92701

WHO: Community Lands in Community Hands is a campaign led by youth, residents and organizations, part of Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities (SABHC) Equity for All Workgroup, promoting neighborhood stability and community land stewardship through multigenerational resident leadership. SABHC is a 10-year initiative funded by The California Endowment that seeks to promote health and wellness in communities around the state.

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) is a community-labor alliance that combines community organizing, civic participation, strategic research, and advocacy to engage residents, workers, and stakeholders in local government decisions that impact economic opportunity, community health, and overall quality of life. They will be presenting their research and data on CLTs and how these can help address the needs of Santa Ana residents.

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