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Cities and Community Land Trusts

A growing number of cities and counties have chosen not only to support existing community land trusts, but also to start new ones to actively guide urban development and sponsor affordable housing.

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Key take-aways:

  • Municipalities are supporting community land trust start-ups, projects, operations, and the equitable taxation of resale-restricted community land trust homes.
  • Two key policy needs—long-term preservation of housing subsidies and long-term stewardship of housing—are driving increased city and county interest in community land trusts.

This bundle includes two complementary items, both published in June 2008 by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

The 40-page report, “The City-CLT Partnership: Municipal Support for Community Land Trusts,” was authored by John Emmeus Davis and Rick Jacobus. Based on a review of three dozen municipal programs and in-depth interviews with local officials and community land trust practitioners, this report describes the mechanisms and methods that cities across the country are using to structure their investment in community land trust startups, projects, and operations.

The 111-page publication, “Building Better City-CLT Partnerships: A Program Manual for Municipalities and Community Land Trusts,” was authored by John Emmeus Davis, Rick Jacobus, and Maureen Hickey. This manual documents the “best” practices for using public resources to expand a community land trust’s holdings.


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