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Community land trusts are gaining ground as a model for community control of property for permanently affordable housing and community development.

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Key take-aways:

  • As housing activists look for effective tools to prevent displacement of lower-income families from gentrifying neighborhoods, many are turning to community land trusts to help build permanently affordable housing.
  • Community land trusts can provide a transformational alternative to private market prescriptions for land use, tenure arrangements, and individualized property ownership.

This bundle of resources contains two items about community organizing and community land trusts (CLTs).

The 8-page “Community Land Trusts Grown from Grassroots Neighborhood Organizers Become Housing Developers” was published in July 2015 by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The report, authored by Miriam Axel-Lute and Dana Hawkins-Simons, examines the experience of five established community land trusts across the country to see how they balanced community organizing and real estate management.

The academic article, “Deepening Stewardship: Resident Engagement in Community Land Trusts,” was published in December 2015 by the Journal of Urban Geography. The authors, Jeffrey S. Lowe and Emily Thaden, examine six well-established community land trusts to gain an understanding of how their resident engagement practices reproduce stewardship that challenges the conventional private market approach to property ownership. Purchase is required to access this article.


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