MACLT's mission is to liberate land for the benefit of historically marginalized populations at the lowest incomes possible, preserve urban space for community use, and create deeply and permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for those typically exploited by the housing market.


MACLT should ensure that its operations and decision-making processes are actively working towards racial, social, gender, disability and economic justice. This could include initiatives such as actively seeking out and supporting historically marginalized communities, examining and addressing any potential biases in its policies and practices, actively working to create inclusive and equitable spaces on its properties and promoting land use and housing policies that address historical inequities.

MACLT should prioritize the needs and perspectives of the people it serves. This could include actively seeking out and incorporating feedback from community members, as well as working with local organizations and leaders to ensure that MACLT is responsive to the needs of the community.

MACLT should prioritize partnerships and collaborations with homeowners, other organizations and stakeholders in order to create systemic and sustainable change. This could include working with community groups and other nonprofits to develop shared programming and initiatives, as well as engaging in dialogue and collaboration with local governments and other land management organizations. 

MACLT should prioritize education and learning in its operations, both for its staff and for the wider community. This could include offering educational programs and workshops on its properties and to the community, as well as making teaching and learning integral to its program design and advocacy work.

MACLT should be an authentic and vocal advocate for the people it serves and aims to serve, making sure that their voices are heard in decision-making processes. Authentic advocacy also includes actively working to raise awareness and educate the public about important land use and housing issues, as well as speaking out against policies and practices that harm marginalized communities.

MACLT should encourage creativity and experimentation in its operations, always looking for new and innovative ways to achieve its mission — in balance with sustainability and learning from best practices. This could include piloting new programs or projects and directing its advocacy towards innovative approaches to housing and land use policy.

MACLT should focus on creating long-term, sustainable change through its operations, rather than just addressing immediate issues. This could include implementing sustainable land management practices on its properties, as well as developing programs and initiatives that address underlying issues and create lasting change in local communities.

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