Sterling community land trust
The underlying assumption and attitudes guiding our Healthy Community process is that all citizens and communities have inherent levels of giftedness, strengths, and assets that can be leveraged to revitalize and build healthier neighborhoods. The Sterling community has plenty of assets both in terms of vacant land (meaning we can come up with creative solutions that minimize or avoid displacement, unnecessary gentrification, and promote safety, health, and economic prosperity) and as it relates to its people.
Given the rich history of Sterling High School, many alumni of that era are still living (from the likes of Jesse Jackson to local leaders on City, County councils, local professionals, and those who have gone on to do great work nationwide and internationally). The Sterling Community Land Trust is the FIRST land trust organized in South Carolina as of 2010!
Its board is made up of a majority of Sterling residents who live in the community presently sitting alongside a smaller yet influential group of Sterling Alumni who were former residents.
The goals of the Sterling Community Land Trust are:
- Advocate for the historic and cultural preservation of Sterling history and pride
- Advocate for affordable housing (transitional, rental, and home ownership)
- Aid the community in overcoming social justice challenges.
- Build up resident knowledge, skills, abilities, and capacities for change and leadership.
- Partner with individual, private, and non-profit organizations with shared mission and goals for Sterling and Greenville.
- Acquire land to pursue property management activities and programming for affordable housing, transitional housing, and commercial development in keeping with the character, history, and potential of the neighborhood.
- Land bank property to ensure affordability of certain parcels of land into perpetuity.
- Be a resource for capacity building, education, and mentoring for young and adult residents and other communities interested in pursuing a land trust model.
- Advocate for the passing of enabling legislation for Community Land Trusts in South Carolina.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Community Relationship Building office has not only sat with the Sterling Community Land Trust from the beginning offering strategic planning services, capacity building, relationship building, but also has provided seed funding to help kick start their organization, future fundraising and marketing efforts!
Sterling Community Land Trust Website coming soon!
For more information on the Sterling Community Land Trust, contact Mack Lockhart (President, Sterling Alumni) at 864-360-3819 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or William Ellidge (Board Chair, Sterling resident) at 864-250-2860.