Tag: community land trust

A community land trust is a nonprofit, community-based organization that is designed to ensure community stewardship of land. It’s a form of permanently affordable housing in which a community-controlled organization retains ownership of the land and sells or rents the housing on that land to lower-income households.

Cooperatives and Community Land Trusts: Natural Partners?

Community land trusts provide far fewer units than other forms of affordable housing, but advocates now believe the model can be one possible solution to preserving the affordability of limited-equity co-ops. We take a closer look.

Durham’s Community Land Trust Allows Generations of Families to Continue Living...

CLT works in one of the oldest and largest historically Black neighborhoods in Durham.

Western Queens CLT: Looking to Start Big, and Not With Residential...

Western Queens Community Land Trust (WQCLT) was founded in 2019 as the result of a fight against Amazon, which had been eyeing Queens for...

Proud Ground: When Land Is Expensive, Look Outside the City

This community land trust focuses its efforts on helping people of color purchase homes across five counties.

Keeping Community Control as Community Land Trusts Grow

When a CLT grows, the “community” it represents can sometimes be more difficult to define. But to some extent it always was.

Community Land Trusts: Combining Scale and Community Control

This is no longer my neighborhood.” Too often, communities of color that experience new investments report that the changes are a detriment to their lives,...

Champlain Housing Trust: Breadth and Depth

Over 2,400 rental apartments, 600 shared-equity homes, cooperatives, and a couple of hotels for the unhoused—How the largest community land trust in the U.S. scaled up.

First a Park, Then a Citywide Land Trust in D.C.

Douglass Community Land Trust began with a desire to prevent a new park from displacing neighborhood residents—but it soon got much bigger.

Scaling Up: How Some Community Land Trusts Are Getting Bigger

The community land trust model is in a time of dramatic growth and creativity. Some CLTs are aiming for larger scale than has been typical. How are they doing it?

Interboro CLT: A Committed Pipeline from Powerhouse Community Development Groups

Four New York-based organizations work together to place every homeownership unit they develop into a community land trust.

Atlanta Land Trust—From Central Server to a Centralized CLT

If at first you don’t succeed, partner with a land bank.

Understanding Community Land Trusts

What are CLTs? How do they work? What are the benefits and areas of concern? An overview.

Housing Solutions—Centering Community in Ownership, Control, and Long-Term Affordability

How is community control of housing realized? We explore different community ownership structures, how tenants form a cooperative, and how larger housing nonprofits can incorporate residents into decision-making.

Editor’s Note: How Community Ownership Is Evolving

The latest Shelterforce series takes a closer look at community land trusts and cooperatives to see how both are evolving.

CLTs Still Going Commercial—Nonprofit Offices, Hairdressers, and a Sausage Factory

Community land trusts, better known for permanently affordable housing, expand into commercial spaces for a wide range of reasons, and in a wide range of ways.

A Bolder Future for Housing Justice: ‘These Times Call for Radical...

Housing advocates working at the local, state, and national levels discuss new research and policy recommendations for advancing housing justice.

Activists Win Control of Vacant Philadelphia Buildings: Now What?

The city and the activists involved have referred to the organization that will receive the properties as a community land trust, but as of late October it was not yet clear how the group will be structured.

Perspectives on the Community Land Trust

An interview with John Emmeus Davis, Line Algoed, and María E. Hernández-Torrales, editors of On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust.

Lessons from the Last Housing Crisis: How to Get Control of...

How to keep affordable apartments and single-family homes out of the hands of institutional investors if the coronavirus pandemic leads to a giant wave of evictions and foreclosures.

The Most We Can Do: A National Mandate for Housing Justice

As the United States wrestles with its long history of racial injustice, shared-equity programs stand as one solution to address inequality and exclusion in the realms of housing.