About Rooted Communities

Rooted Communities has been created by Byrd Barr Place.  We are a 54-year old nonprofit Community Action Agency that nurtures a more equitable Seattle through programs and advocacy that enable people to live healthier, prosperous lives.  We created this initiative in 2018 in partnership with our local Community of Practice members Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Washington Association for African American Affairs. 

Our mission is to help communities of color throughout the country create greater intergenerational wealth through common land ownership structures.  Rooted Communities is designed to educate, inspire, and connect communities of color with local partnering organizations who can cultivate Partner Vitality to become stronger development partners, enabling communities to reduce displacement, increase land ownership, and shape their growth.  We are funded by the Northwest Area Foundation and receive technical support from Prosperity Now.

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Interested in increasing land ownership and working to shape your community? Find a partner organization near you now.

We’d like to hear from you.

Rooted Communities was created and is run by Byrd Barr Place.  If you have comments or questions about our work, please email us at rooted_communities@byrdbarr.place.