About

“We are powered by the belief that
A Better World is Possible”Powered by Mercy Corps Northwest

Mission

One in four people in the vast majority of the nation, live in a condition of “asset poverty.” After being unemployed for three months without income, people are forced to appeal to friends, family or public assistance to meet their basic needs. People are not able to invest in their futures or human potential. There is a shortage of affordable, accessible and local investments to people who have faced difficulty in their lives. The Community Investment Trust (CIT)* builds the possibility to strengthen communities and create empowered lives. The CIT offers a long-term path to collective, communal ownership of real-estate for investors starting from $10-$100/month. Ultimately, we are committed to working together to build more just, productive and resilient communities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Mission

VisionWe believe in:

  • Ability: The ability for all people to thrive, not just survive.

  • Initiative: People will take action to create greater change in their lives and communities.

  • Opportunity: Opportunities for real estate investment should be accessible and affordable to all.

  • Collaboration: The experience and expertise of others will help achieve common goals.

  • Community: A group that shares ownership will help themselves and build resilient communities.

Leadership

The Community Investment Trust (CIT) model was developed and is overseen by Mercy Corps Northwest. The East Portland CIT Corporation is managed by a board of directors with expertise in the areas of law, real estate, community development, economics, and finance.

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