Germantown Residents for Economic Alternatives Together
This past year, beginning with a conversation with Community Legal Services in October 2020, GREAT's Housing Committee has engaged in an effort to reduce predatory home buying and to make people in Germantown who might be at risk, more aware of resources available to them. The ultimate goal is to help neighbors in Germantown keep their homes.
On this page, you'll find info about what predatory home buying is and how it impacts residents and the larger community. We have visuals, links to informational pamphlets, videos, poems, and more. Take a look, and if you want to get more involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click below to view or download:
CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT (for folks who want to help get the word out)
If you are doing outreach, let us know where you distribute the information: GtownHousingCommittee@gmail.com
CAMPAIGN PAMPHLET (with general info and resources for the campaign)
The Toolkit and Pamphlet are available in hard copy form at Tip Tap, a locally-owned printshop located at 6353 Germantown Ave. (Tues-Sat 11-6)
Click here to watch the recording from the May 26th event
Watch a video / poem created by Yonique from GREAT's Housing Committee for this event
And scroll down the page to read Webb's poem
The materials below are from Community Legal Services. We are using this info to help people be more informed about their options, and to reduce sales that take wealth from the community and harm individuals in the process. Help us get the postcards out by giving them to people on your block, your church, or local businesses. See pick-up location above.
Share the link to this page so folks can watch the video and learn more about how this works. The video is from our October Community connectors meeting. Kate Dugan from CLS (also a Germantown resident) shares.
The question is?
A poem by Anthony Webb, member of GREAT's Housing Committee
Where do you want me to live?
I’ve seen new construction down the street,
Corner boys have been replaced by
dog walkers wearing earbuds pushing scrollers,
The Fresh Brew coffee shop just opened up
in the old BBQ joint,
Oh how I long for a rib dinner,
Trash cans have appeared on the avenue
Now garbage has somewhere to hide...
People who do not look like me
are seen jogging in the street,
Are they visiting or will they stay?
Old lady Jones moved out the other day
Oh where oh where did she go?
Will I be next?
Being me is beginning to cost too much now,
My lease needs to be renewed
I want to stay but it could be
cheaper to go,
If go was a place…indeed
Anyway… Can I stay with you?