The 2017 cohort of OSI Community Fellows and other members of the Fellowships Network gathered today at Church of the Guardian Angel in Remington for their monthly session, where Fellows Eric Jackson and Ryan Flanigan shared updates on their projects.
As part of his Fellowship, Jackson, who leads the Black Yield Institute, is organizing a community-controlled cooperative food venture in Cherry Hill, creating a community-oriented, self-determined solution to food insecurity and its effects. The Building Black Land and Food Sovereignty Practice aims to improve residents’ quality of life, develop black, indigenous leaders and create a self-sustaining community.
With his Fellowship, Flanigan has worked to create the Remington Community Land Trust to purchase property in the neighborhood while it is still relatively affordable and sell the houses to low-income buyers. The land trust provides subsidies to make homeownership affordable and, in return, retains an ownership stake in the property.