Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

Cuyahoga Land Bank

The Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC) is the first of its kind in the state of Ohio. The Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation in April 2009 that allowed the formation of county land reutilization corporations—nonprofit entities that develop, manage, and rehabilitate abandoned or foreclosed properties. In an effort to mitigate the effects of the ongoing foreclosure crisis, CCLRC ensures that vacant properties are properly maintained and sold to qualifying inhabitants or developers. Read more about Cuyahoga Land Bank...

Concord Area Trust for Community Housing

CATCH completed its first housing development in 1989, shortly after its founding. Since then, the group has completed an additional 166 affordable housing units in 12 separate developments in the Concord area. Read more about Concord Area Trust for Community Housing...

City First Homes

Part of a family of companies that work together to serve the needs of low and moderate-income residents of the DC metro area, City First Homes aims to expand opportunity for working families and individuals, drive neighborhood stabilization, and preserve affordable housing near transit centers and in gentrifying and challenged communities. Read more about City First Homes...

Champlain Housing Trust

Formed in October 2006 from the merger of two large Vermont community land trusts, the Burlington Community Land Trust and the Lake Champlain Housing Development Corporation, the Champlain Housing Trust is the largest community land trust in the country, with over 2,000 household members, housed in rental apartments, co-ops and shared-appreciation single-family homes and condominiums. Read more about Champlain Housing Trust...

Rondo Community Land Trust

In response to the displacement of low-income residents by highway construction projects, Rondo Community Land Trust was formed in 1993 to provide permanently affordable housing to residents in Summit-University and Lexington-Hamline, two neighborhoods in St. Paul. It has since expanded to include all residents of Ramsey County who make less than 80 percent of the area median income.  In addition to constructing new homes with sustainable features, Rondo CLT creates affordable housing by moving buildings slated for demolition to vacant lots and then rehabbing them.  To date, this effort has moved 12 buildings, creating 15 housing units and diverting over 15 million pounds of waste from landfills.

City of Lakes Community Land Trust

City of Lakes Community Land Trust grew out of an effort by several neighborhood organizations to establish permanently affordable housing for low- and medium-income residents in Minneapolis. Partially funded by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the State of Minnesota, CLCLT has helped more than 200 families buy homes since its founding in 2002.

Uptown Community Land Trust

The Uptown Alliance has created a Community Land Trust (CLT), the first instituted in Memphis and Shelby County. The Uptown CLT acts as the steward of properties it acquires in the Uptown Neighborhood, maintaining ownership of the land for the benefit of the community by selling, leasing or renting properties within the financial means of local residents. It controls pricing in order to maintain the affordability of the units and the integrity of the neighborhood. Read more about Uptown Community Land Trust...

Vinelanders Community Land Trust

Vinelanders Community Land Trust (VCLT) is a non-profit founded in 2010 to provide permanently affordable homeownership opportunities and resources to low- and modest-income buyers. VCLT hosts self-help groups to build one another's homes with assistance from VCLT's certified master builders. VCLT has two single family homes completed and are currently accepting applications. Read more about Vinelanders Community Land Trust...

Durham Community Land Trustees

Catalyzed in 1987 by residents concerned with rising home prices, absentee landlords, and housing disrepair, Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT) builds, manages, and advocates for permanently affordable housing.  The land trust now owns and manages 282 units, which provides rental and homeownership opportunities to 325 low-income people.  Committed to supporting local businesses, DCLT procured over $300,000 in services from small, local subcontractors in 2017.

Colorado Community Land Trust

Founded in 2002 as Lowry CLT, Colorado Community Last Trust (CCLT) originally focused on redeveloping the former Lowry Air Force Base.  In 2006, the land trust expanded its reach to the entire Denver metropolitan area.  With a mission to preserve affordable home ownership in perpetuity for modest income households, CCLT has developed 172 townhomes and 17 single-family homes.

Troy Gardens Case Study

With the support of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the National Community Land Trust Academy has set up this website as its first case study. A project of the Madison Area Community Land Trust, Troy Gardens provides a useful illustration of what it takes to development a community land trust project because: (1) it includes a wide variety of land uses, (2) it provides a model of conservation-based affordable housing development, and (3) almost every conceivable issue was encountered during the development process.

Policy Link, "Community Land Trusts"

This site provides perhaps the most thorough overview of the community land trust movement, including information about available resources and three case studies.

New Economics Institute

The Community Land Trust section of The New Economic Institute's website provides a useful overview of the history and theory behind the land trust model.  The site also provides links to articles, events, supportive organizations, a directory, online handbook, and three land trust projects.

Community Land Trust Resource Center

This website, maintained by Burlington Associates, a community development consulting firm, provides a wide range of community land trust resources, including information on how to start up a land trust, how to finance a community land trust, and public policy issues.

Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

Community land trusts are nonprofit, community-based organizations designed to ensure community stewardship of land. Community land trusts can be used for many types of development (including commercial and retail), but are primarily used to ensure long-term housing affordability. To do so, the trust acquires land and maintains ownership of it permanently. With prospective homeowners, it enters into a long-term, renewable lease instead of a traditional sale. When the homeowner sells, the family earns only a portion of the increased property value. Read more about Community Land Trusts (CLTs)...

Lands in Trust; Homes that Last: A Performance Evaluation of the Champlain Housing Trust

John Emmeus Davis and Alice Stokes

New study of Burlington community land trust documents success of community land trust model

The City-CLT Partnership: Municipal Support for Community Land Trusts

John Emmeus Davis and Rick Jacobus

Written by John Emmeus Davis and Rick Jacobus, the Lincoln Institute's The City-CLT Partnership identifies local policies that support community land trust development.