Owning the Future: Land Policies in Low-Income Communities

Announcement & Call for Presentations


Land Policies in Low-Income Communities

January 9 - 11, 2003 2004
Edinburg, Texas

Why Land Is Important in Low-Income Communities

One of the best predictor's of a child's future is the amount of assets the parents have. And owning their land, including their house, is the greatest asset most families have. In low-income communities across the country, however, families face significant obstacles in obtaining and retaining clear land ownership.

Low-income families along the U.S.-Mexico border buy land through a "rent-to-own" contract for deed system, which often leaves them without clear title to their homes.

Inner-city neighborhoods are riddled with vacant lots that become havens for illegal activities. The lots cannot be developed due to "clouded" titles.

African-American farmers in the South face constant threats of losing their land, often because of "fractionated heirship," the partitioning of the land over generations of ownership.

Low-income Appalachian families are displaced from their homes because of underground mineral rights bought by mining companies that now mine the land.

Native Americans must "re-purchase" the land they once owned because of displacement.

The underlying issues of low-income communities often stem from land ownership obstacles. There is great commonality among the issues as well as the solutions, and between these low-income communities and low-income communities in other countries.

The conference will:

Organizing institutions:

Conference purpose

Who should attend?

Practitioners, Policy Makers and Academics involved in land ownership and land regularization issues in the U.S. and around the world.

Benefits of attending

Deadline for Proposals

Send proposals (2-pages maximum) to present a paper or organize a session by September 15, 2002, to:

Marsha Cannon, Conference Manager
Land Tenure Center
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
1357 University Avenue
Madison WI 53715
phone: (608) 262-3658
fax: 608-262-2141