The Kensington Market Community Land Trust (KMCLT) is looking to raise $50,000 to ensure permanent affordability of our first community-owned property and to pursue future acquisitions in the market for a #CommunityOwnedKensington.
Incorporated in 2017 as a not-for-profit, KMCLT is responding to rapid gentrification of residential and commercial spaces in the neighbourhood. On May 31, 2021 we acquired 54-56 Kensington Avenue, whose residents had successfully fought an attempted 'reno-viction' two years previously. With 12 residential and five commercial units, it becomes the first mixed-use building to be purchased by a community land trust in Canada. While acquiring this property ensures its residents will never have to face eviction again, the building requires repairs and maintenance to keep its living conditions safe.
Your donation will help bring KMCLT one step closer to reaching our goal of removing property from the commercial real estate market to use for community benefit, and maintaining the eclectic and mixed-use nature of this unique neighbourhood.
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Kensington Market is one of Toronto's most dynamic neighbourhoods, long home to new immigrants, musicians, artists, and the marginalised. For over a century, cheap residential and business rents allowed successive waves of immigrants and grassroots entrepreneurs to start families and businesses. The whole has created a unique and beloved neighbourhood, utilized and enjoyed by the entire city, and beyond. Your support will preserve this urban treasure!
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We would like to acknowledge the support of Councillor Mike Layton, MPP Jessica Bell, Friends of Kensington Market, and Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services.
We, as members of the Kensington Market Community Land Trust, are aware that we are a settler organization. Kensington Market sits in the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit (an Anishnaabe people), the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat and Petun Nations, land which is now home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum belt covenant, an agreement by the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee to share resources equally and peaceably. It is also covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. As settlers, we acknowledge that we have broken the treaties. Our work for the well-being of this territory must include accountability to our Indigenous relatives.