As we work to make our communities healthier and greener, GreenRoots works to ensure our community does not become displaced. Residents who have and continue to work for quality of life and environmental improvements must be able to see those benefits come to realization without being forced out of our communities due to increasing housing costs. Learn more about Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust!

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    Comunidades Enraizadas

    Incubating, launching and supporting Chelsea’s first community land trust, Comunidades Enraizadas.

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    Chelsea Anti-Displacement Roundtable

    Facilitating the Chelsea Anti-Displacement Roundtable to prevent immediate displacement and long-term gentrification.

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    Affordable Housing

    Supporting the creation of new affordable housing.

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    Chelsea’s Housing History

    Launching a community-engaged process to understand, review, and redesign Chelsea’s zoning, which was impacted by historic redlining that prevented immigrants and people of color from gaining wealth through land ownership.

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A home is a necessity, not a luxury; it is a right. I moved to Chelsea because it's a city of immigrants, and I wanted to dedicate my life to organizing for stabilized communities. Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust has been my political home for many years.

Patricia Ebanks

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    Ruth Alcantara

    Environmental Justice and Anti-Displacement Fellow

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    RuthA@greenrootsej.org

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    Ruth Alcantara (she, her, hers / they, them, theirs)

    Ruth joined the GreenRoots team in October 2022 as a RAY fellow. Ruth has been acting as an organizer for GreenRoots in various project areas such as Transit and Climate Justice when support is needed. She works part-time with the Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust to promote land sovereignty for the people of Chelsea. Ruth is passionate about Housing and Land rights and how important they are to the Environmental Justice Movement. 

    Ruth is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied Environmental Studies. While in college, Ruth amassed over two years of experience working in policy-advocacy, communications, and grassroots organizing roles at the local level by assisting in the creation of a regional Green New Deal for the Central Coast. In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending one on one time with friends, eating, experimentally cooking, and exploring new places.

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    Caroline Ellenbird

    Director, Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust

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    Caroline Ellenbird (she, her, hers)

    Caroline is an artist, educator and community activist who has worked to strengthen the connections between people and place for over 20 years. In San Francisco she ran experiential education programs for K-12 students, and led efforts to protect a community-owned open space. In Chelsea she has organized with neighbors to create a community land trust in Chelsea, taught at La Colaborativa and Bunker Hill Community College, served on the Community Preservation Committee, and worked as Anti-Displacement Organizer at GreenRoots, where she guided the transition of Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust into an independent nonprofit. She now works as director of Comunidades Enraizadas. 

    Caroline has a Masters in City Planning degree from MIT and a California teaching credential in art. She lives in Chelsea with her partner and two daughters. She loves spending time with friends and neighbors, making art and music, biking with her family, and spending time outdoors.

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    Ana Vanegas-Rivera

    Program Coordinator, Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust

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    AnaVR@greenrootsej.org

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    Ana Vanegas-Rivera (she, her, hers)

    Ana is a dedicated and passionate community organizer in Chelsea, where she lives with her husband and son. She immigrated from Guatemala in 1997. Ana sees Comunidades Enraizadas as a powerful tool to give low-income people dignity and control over their own housing and a voice in the city. Ana also works at the First Congregational Church in Chelsea, serves as a Trustee for the public library, volunteers with the GreenRoots Urban Farm and was active in the Chelsea Pandemic Response Team. Ana was active in the working group that helped incorporate Comunidades Enraizadas as a CLT and now has joined the staff of the CLT as a Program Coordinator.

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For 30 years, GreenRoots has restored acres of urban salt marsh, created new parks, increased public access to the waterfront and improved the water quality of Chelsea Creek.

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