Category Archives: Past Events

Research Paper

March 26, 2020

Muskie Institute Planning Workshop

In Spring 2015, Prof. Yuseung Kim of the Muskie Institute partnered with the Greater Portland Community Land Trust to facilitate a semester-long Planning Workshop (Muskie CPD 603).  The workshop brought USM graduate students together with local residents and stakeholders to better understand what was happening in the Parkside and St. John Valley neighborhood and collectively explore plans for the future of the area.

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Parity in Practice: Shared Equity Scenarios in Parkside and St. John Valley
May 2015

Meeting with Portland Housing Committee

November 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

At the invitation of the Portland City Council’s Housing Committee, Scott Vonnegut with the Greater Portland Community Land Trust, Nancy Williams with the Waterville Community Land Trust and Carol Roberts with Covenant Land Trust made presentations explaining how Community Land Trusts (CLTs) work and how they benefit their communities. In response to questions from Committee members, the presenters described specific projects and how they helped improved neighborhoods while creating housing affordable to residents in those communities.


Meeting with East Bayside Community Organization

October 4, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Greater Portland Community Land Trust (GPCLT) Board members Grace Braley and Scott Vonnegut were asked by Cynthia Cochran to make a presentation to the East Bayside Community Organization (EBNO) about Community Land Trusts (CLT) and GPCLT’s mission and efforts to create affordable housing. After explaining how CLTs work and how they can create stable and sustainable neighborhoods, attendees received brochures and asked questions. Cynthia asked Grace and Scott to return in the future to give a more detailed update on GPCLT’s efforts.

Potluck with Jessica Pooley of RONA

November 13, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jessica is the executive director of the Resident Owned Neighborhood Association of Maine (RONA). RONA works to support residents of mobile home parks in organizing to form cooperatives and buy their parks (6 now, 235 affordable housing units!), so that they can be owned and operated by the community of residents.

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Potluck w. Foster Pinkney & the Poor People’s Campaign

July 25, 2015

 Saturday, July 18, 2015

A recent graduate of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Foster is a scholar and activist dedicated to building genuine community and working toward social justice. He joined us from his parents’ home in Ohio, projected via Google Hangouts onto a sheet in one of the big common spaces at the Dreamship, and spoke about his travels over the last year to Ferguson, Missouri and Selma, Alabama and his ongoing work as part of the new national effort to revive Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign.  The event was family-friendly, with free childcare, and was a collaborative effort between the Greater Portland Community Land Trust, the Southern Maine Workers Center and the Portland Racial Justice Congress.

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Training with Jason Webb from the National Community Land Trust Network

July 25, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jason Webb, from the National Community Land Trust Network, joined us in mid-June for a daylong training that we organized at the Resilience Hub.  Jason is a leader in the field of community development who led the initiative to build one of the largest community land trusts in Boston and has been doing this work for 25 years.  The gathering was free to attend, and everyone was welcome, whether they were new to this work or had been doing it for years.

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Second Annual Meeting

May 25, 2015

In May, we had our second annual meeting at the King Middle School.  Around 50 people came out for a great evening of presentations, break out groups and some delicious food generously donated by local restaurants.

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Potluck w. Nick Kaufmann

April 14, 2015

6:30pm – Saturday, March 21
Dreamship Housing Cooperative
15 Boynton St., Portland, ME 04101

Pack your bags for a virtual world tour of “do-it-yourself ” city-making practices and cultures that prove that massive governments and corporations aren’t the only ones who get to determine what our cities are like! Our tour guide will be Nick Kaufmann, a local storyteller who grew up in Biddeford and has studied Sociology and Urban Planning in Oregon, Japan and London.

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Potluck w. David Gulak & the HubBub

February 1, 2015

6:30pm – Sarurday, February 28, 2015
Dreamship Housing Cooperative
15 Boynton St., Portland, ME 04101

A founding member of the Barrels Community Market in down- town Waterville, David is an entrepreneur, community developer and shopkeeper-activist dedicated to supporting local farms and building a strong sustainable economy in rural Maine. He’ll be coming down with some of his co-conspirators to talk about Meridians, the new store that he opened this year to sell local wine, beer and food, as well as his latest project, currently titled HubBub, a co-working space and recording studio that will be opening soon in downtown Fairfield.

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Potluck w. Craig Saddlemire & RAISE-OP!

January 16, 2015

6:30pm – Friday, January 16, 2015
Dreamship Housing Cooperative
15 Boynton St., Portland, ME 04101

Based in Lewiston, Craig is a film-maker, community organizer, former city councilor and the co-founder of the Faire Op Housing Cooperative, where he has lived for the last six years. He’ll be talking about the work he’s currently doing with the exciting new community project, the RAISE-Op Housing Cooperative.

All are welcome! Kid friendly!

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