On Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 4:00 – 5:30, Tackling T.I.N.A. will host its third and final public discussion of the semester. This free public event focuses on alternative financial and housing models, from co-ops and communes to land banks and community land trusts. For this discussion, we will look at real-world examples of these alternative institutions and consider how a diverse funding landscape creates an economy that works for everyone. Find out all of the details below.


  • Read: “Introduction,” “Transforming the Economy,” and “Caring for Place” from Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts Are Reinventing America, by Gabriel Metcalf –  You can download these selections or buy the book and support the author. The introduction briefly summarizes Metcalf’s argument. “Transforming the Economy” then describes a number of alternative financial institutions already in place today. “Caring for Place” does the same, only this chapter focuses on housing, property, and land ownership instead. By reading Metcalf’s research into alternative financial institutions alongside alternative housing models, participants will see the wide range of options already available in the U.S. Many of these possibilities are available right here in the Lehigh Valley and we will have experts available at the discussion to tell you more about them.
  • Engage: Success Stories from Champlain Housing Trust – The Champlain Housing Trust, located in Burlington, VT, was founded in 1984 and remains the largest community land trust in the country today. As part of their ongoing work helping people get and keep decent, affordable homes, CHT has published a series of short narrative success stories. These stories show the wide range of people who benefit from alternative housing models and describes the sorts of financial circumstances a community land trust helped them overcome. Read those that seem interesting to you and reference them during the community conversation.

Community Facilitators

  • Karen Beck Pooley, Political Science Professor at Lehigh University & Director of Environmental Policy Design program
  • Christopher Hudock, Director of The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund
  • Tom Moroz, Founder and Director of the Lehigh Valley Social Impact Center

Save the Date:

  • When: Thursday, 11/15 from 4:00 – 5:30
  • Where: Lehigh Valley Social Impact Center (321 E 4th St, Bethlehem)

Feature Image Credit: “Divergence” by John Westrock via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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