Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) works to ensure that low and moderate income individuals can find and maintain quality homes in central New York.  To do so, the nonprofit builds new LEED-certified green homes, rehabilitates old properties, provides low-interest loans to first-time homebuyers, manages affordable rental units, and offers home repair services.  In 2017, the nonprofit developed 184 for-sale and 456 rental units, completed 7,893 small home repairs, and provided down payment assistance to 990 people.  To ensure some of its housing remains permanently affordable, INHS established a community land trust (its Community Housing Trust initiative), which has built 44 green homes and is currently developing nine new properties.

San Diego Community Land Trust

The San Diego Community Land Trust aims to create and preserve affordable ownership opportunities for San Diego County families. The nonprofit is currently planning its first two projects:  1) Northside Commons, which will include 9 three-bedroom, single family homes; and, 2) Nestor, which will include 16 three and four-bedroom, single family homes.

Community Land Trusts

Michela Zonta
Center for American Progress

The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

Andrew Aurand, Dan Emmanuel, Diane Yentel, Ellen Errico and Marjorie Pang

24:1 Community Land Trust

Established in 2011, the 24:1 Community Land Trust aims to help people purchase homes in a thriving, supportive community.  To do so, the CLT builds and renovates homes in the Normandy School District and retains ownership of the land to ensure the housing remains affordable.  To support residents, all homeowners have access to health, educational, and related services provided by Beyond Housing.  To date, the CLT is credited with spurring over $100 million in economic development, including new homes, a bank, a grocery store, and a cinema.  In 2016, the CLT completed several commercial projects, including the Red Dough Money Center (providing an affordable alternative to payday loan services) and the Excel Center (offering financial empowerment services).  The CLT is now developing a $5.8 million project that will include 41 new homes.

A home of their own for the holidays through Frederick Community Land Trust

Jean Marbella
Baltimore Sun

Jean Marbella writes for the Baltimore Sun about community land trust in Frederick. Marbella highlights the work of  Jarrid Green at The Democracy Collaborative: 

Jarrid Green is a research associate with the Democracy Collaborative, a think tank that originated at the University of Maryland with a focus on building community wealth and shared-ownership models. He said that while community land trusts comprise “a very, very small, bite-size piece of the homeownership spectrum,” interest is on the rise.

Green is researching land trusts for a paper he hopes to publish next year. He said he thinks the fact that the Baltimore trusts have joined forces should give them more leverage as they seek city funding.

“It’s going to take the community coming together around the affordable housing issue,” he said. “It’s going to take actual commitment from the politicians.”

Read more in the Baltimore Sun

Dudley Neighbors Incorporated (DNI)

Founded by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) to implement and develop DSNI’s comprehensive master plan, Dudley Neighbors Incorporated (DNI) is a community land trust that controls 30 acres of formerly vacant, blighted land in the Dudley Triangle.  The land now houses a community greenhouse, an urban farm, 225 affordable homes (including two cooperative housing projects), commercial buildings with retail and office space, a playground, and gardens.