Welcome to Rooted Communities

Our communities are growing but not equitably. Long-time residents and business are often priced-out or bought-out. Rooted Communities is an African American non-profit organization created to help communities of color understand that there is another way forward. Together, we can shape the growth and create a more secure and inclusive future.

Why Ownership Matters

We know that where we live determines how we live: location is a stronger determinant of social, physical, and economic well-being than any other metric. At Rooted Communities, we believe the best way to improve our well-being is to own our own communities. Here is why ownership matters...

1. Grow Intergenerational Wealth

Owning land is a reliable way to grow long-term wealth.  It lets us choose to build what we want, where we want, including affordable housing and commercial space. Owning increases access to tax savings and equity that can be transferred to future generations.

2. Create Location Security

Ownership permanently roots us in our communities, ensuring long-term location security to ensure consistent access to nearby services and meaningful social networks.  Plus communities of owners take better care of their properties and public spaces like schools and parks.

3. Amass Political Influence

The more we own our communities, the stronger we can grow as a cohesive voice to shape our local politics.  Land owners have a stronger voice to influence policy and can attract more investment in public infrastructure like schools, parks, and utilities.

Strategies Toward Ownership

We have the ability to change the growth patterns and overcome the systematic hurdles that keep us from owning more of our community.  Rooted Communities believes there are three critical strategies necessary to create long-term holistic change and improve how we grow...


Common Land Ownership

Common land ownership is a legal strategy of keeping land in the community by placing it in trust with a community-led organization. That organization is guided by a cohesive set of bylaws that govern how the land can be used. The land is rarely if ever sold, protecting it for generations.


Inclusionary Land-use Policy

Historically, land use policies have often been instruments of maintaining socio-economic and racial bias within our cities and suburbs. But policies can be just as effective at creating inclusionary practices. Many cities like Seattle, New York, and Houston are leading the way.


Equitable Financing Systems

Community development requires large amounts of capital. To realize more inclusive development patterns, we must increase our access to sources of capital that support our mission to create equitable development.


Lead Development with Stronger Partner Vitality

The surest way to shape our communities is to lead the development process, but becoming a developer takes enormous capacity including technical skills, finances, and cross-sector relationships. To grow that capacity, it may serve us to partner with trusted developers by leveraging our strengths as community leaders. We call this strength, Partner Vitality. The more we increase our Partner Vitality, the more we can influence the whole development process.


How can you help shape your community?