Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

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.

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.

Collecting Ourselves

Kris Olsen

The curriculum walks participants through an examination of the philosophy and practice of cooperation, the meaning of "development" and "entrepreneurship" in their lives, the steps required in starting a cooperative business, and an exploration of two of the most important steps - organizing people into a Steering Committee, and creating a Business Plan. All activities use Popular Education methods, drawing directly on the expertise and insight of participants to guide the learning process...read more 

Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative

The Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC) incubates and supports the development and operation of permanently affordable housing initiatives by independent CLTs across Atlanta.  ALTC works to create a positive climate for CLT development through public policy work, community engagement, and fundraising, while taking on the stewardship function of a CLT in neighborhoods lacking the capacity to do so.  Its work is credited with developing 13 CLT units and generating more than $4 million in funding to support CLT development.  Through partnerships, it also helped acquire more than 30 properties for permanently affordable housing and developed a mortgage project to facilitate the CLT process.

Origins and Evolution of the Community Land Trust in the United States

John Emmeus Davis

The story told here of the CLT’s origins and evolution will sort the model’s distinguishing characteristics into three clusters – ownership, organization, and operation – and then say how each of them came to be added to the definition and structure of the CLT over time. The reality was much messier, of course, with ideas and influences often leapfrogging the narrative boundaries between eras. History seldom unfolds as neatly in the living as it does in the telling.