The Lamont Street Collective (LSC) and its members are facing an eviction.
The LSC is one of the last collective living spaces left in Mount Pleasant, a neighborhood that once boasted hundreds of co-operative homes committed to building community and supporting local artists. Over the years, due to decreasing availability of affordable housing, this once thriving hub and vibrant culture of intentional communities has all but disappeared. Don't let yet DC neighborhood lose such an important part of its historical and cultural legacy to the homogenizing forces of gentrification.
Help the Lamont Street Collective continue its legacy and preserve Mt. Pleasant's unique tradition of co-operative housing dedicated to art, activism, and social change.
About the Lamont Street Collective:
Founded in 1975, the Lamont Street Collective (LSC) is one of DC’s oldest intentional communities/ co-operative houses. Since it was established 1975, literally hundreds of people have called the LSC home and it has come to be a neighborhood icon and cultural fixture.
In it’s early days, largely due to John Acher (1946-2004), a founding member of the collective and one of DC’s most prominent socialists, the LSC was intended to be an explicitly socialist experiment and model for communal living with all members of the house dedicated to promoting the socialist cause.
Over the years, the house has remained a center of leftist political activism and neighborhood advocacy, serving as an organizing space for actions ranging from anti-IMF demonstrations in 2001 to the recent efforts associated with OccupyDC.
In the last 10 years, the house has also evolved towards having an art-focus and along with providing studio space and affordable rent for artists and musicians of all types, it has also brought the neighborhood together through public events like the Salon de Libertad – a celebration of local art.
Like so many other co-operative houses, the LSC is now facing the threat of eviction due to the disappearance of affordable housing and rising cost of living throughout DC. Members of the house are currently working to raise the legal funds necessary to determine if they can assert their right of refusal and stop a possible illegal sale of the house.
Conversation with a local non-profit is also underway regarding the possibility of turning the house into a community land trust should we be able to claim our right. If this happens, the LSC hopes to work together with neighbors to become even more of a Mt. Pleasant community-facing resource center for art and activism.
We can’t do it, however, if they rule against us in the upcoming court hearing. Help us tell the judge that DC needs more affordable housing and to support communities dedicated to art, activism and social change!
Don't let the Lamont Street Collective
become yet another victim of gentrification in Washington, DC.