TSU’s Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs in partnership with the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department recently hosted the inaugural Houston Community Land Trust Conference. A large number of Community Land Trusts exists throughout the United States. Community Land Trusts are said to provide a model strategy for preserving housing affordability, prevent displacement due to gentrification, increase economic diversity and housing choices and protect and leverage municipal housing resources. Supporting entities Grounded Solutions Network, Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and TSU’s Executive Masters pf Public Administration program and Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy were on hand to give presentations and answer questions about the process for establishing and growing a successful Community Land Trust. These included event organizer Jeffrey Lowe (TSU), as well as Tom McCasland (City of Houston), Tony Pickett (Grounded Solutions), Cassandra Ramirez, Dr. Assata Richards, Julie Brunner, Kenneth Demus Sr., Connie Chavez and others. Additional attendees included Kelli King Jackson, Tina Vizzini, Christa Stoneham, Reverend John Eigege, Davonte Caldwell, Ernest Campbell, Tina Council, Alan Watkins, Professor Andrew Ewoh, Dr. Vera Hawkins, Dr. Rasoul Saneifard, Shannette Prince, Dr. Davetta Daniels, Scott Wise, Jennifer Guzman, Rev. Leslie Smith (ChangeHappens), Kirk Craig and scores more.