54 Kensington Market, Neighbourhood Organizing and Community Land Trust

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29 November, 2021

Urban building painted with mural of Mona Lisa, with a handmade banner in front that says "Community Owned Kensington." Image text says "Affordable Housing Challenge Project Seminar Series. 54 Kensington Ave, Neighbourhood Organizing, and Community Land Trust. Monday Nov 29, 2021, 7:30pm EST Zoom. Dominique Russel, Co-Chair, KMCLT. Chiyi Tam, Development Manager, KMCLT. Other KMCLT residents and board members. Moderated by Sinead Petrasek, PhD student, Human Geography." Logos of Kensington Market Community Land Trust and Affordable Housing Challenge Project.On June 1st 2021, a self-organized neighborhood group called the Kensington Market Community Land Trust (KMCLT) successfully bought their first building - 54 Kensington Avenue and took it off the private real estate market. For three years prior, the residents of the building, along with their neighbours and local political representatives protested and fought against the illegal eviction of 20+ tenants from this building. Now the building is owned by the community, through this democratically controlled community land trust. Come to our free online webinar to hear how Toronto's locals are fighting for affordable housing, despite seeing neighborhood changes rapidly displacing low-income tenants and those most marginalized. Hear the story of how this was possible, and bring your questions.

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Affordable Housing Challenge Project
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Community Capacity Building
Community ownership
Housing & Real Estate
Local economy
Sector-Based Strategies
Urban Development