A committee meets to come up with ways to address housing, displacement, and gentrification. We've hosted a Gentrification and Displacement Teach-In, a Tangled Title Clinic, and discussion about ways the community can prevent displacement. The latter led to the formation of our Community Connectors group. We also submitted recommendations to the Jumpstart Germantown program.
The committee meets fairly regularly and is open to new members. No experience in organizing or housing work is required! But any of these skills are helpful:
- long history of lived experience in Germantown
- talking to people
- ability to share personal experience with housing challenges,
- awareness of bias against renters,
- distributing information by foot,
- sharing info on social media,
- problem-solving and thinking creatively,
- bringing different people’s ideas together,
- knowledge of development in Germantown,
- or connecting neighbors to resources and info.
At the moment, new projects we're working on are:
1. Predatory homebuying education (to counteract the "We buy houses for cash" effort)
2. Providing and sharing a list of housing-related terms and definitions that are useful to know
3. Coming up with a shared set of community values related to housing and development, prioritizing keeping our neighbors here and preventing displacement