Streets of Dreams tells the stories of inspiring grassroots activists in communities of color around the U.S. who are using community land trusts (CLTs) to preserve the affordability of their homes, prevent displacement and shape the future of their communities.
For generations, economic pressures, political maneuvers, legal sleights-of-hand, and even brute force has pried lands, homes, and businesses out of the hands of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and other minority groups. Successive waves of reinvestment and disinvestment, urban renewal and urban neglect have brought widespread displacement in their wake. Mortgage lending on easy terms that expanded access to homeownership when times were good has brought insolvency, foreclosure, and asset stripping when times went bad.
Streets of Dreams will expand public awareness of the ongoing threats to communities of color and will raise the profile of the community land trust as an effective strategy for promoting development without displacement. By showcasing the transformative work being done by passionate community leaders, non-profit developers, and government officials, Streets of Dreams will spur audiences to rethink the way affordable housing and community development can be done.
The first part of the series, Arc of Justice, will tell the history of New Communities, Inc in Southwest Georgia, the first CLT in the country that emerged out of the civil rights movement. OSP is producing this multi-media educational project in collaboration with the National Community Land Trust Network and other community development organizations.
“The award-winning filmmakers of OSP have developed a deep understanding of CLTs over the years…their commitment to the work of CLTs is reflected in both their portfolio of completed work and their leadership in producing the recent trailer for Streets of Dreams…Having additional video materials and a robust educational website will greatly further the work of the Network and the CLT movement more broadly.”
—Connie Chavez, Board President, National CLT Network
“This project represents a significant opportunity to create a valuable organizing and educational tool that can be used for many years to come. NHI has seen first-hand the high quality and effectiveness of [OSP’s] previous work and is confident that their ongoing commitment to the community development field for more than twenty years makes them well positioned to bring the project to fruition in a highly effective manner.
—Harold Simon, Executive Director, National Housing Institute