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