Land Trusts

Land that is jointly owned by residents or a housing trust. Facilitates non-market housing, which is held out of the private market.

NYC: Still Plenty Of Life In Those Habitat For Humanity Bones

We've been worried about Habitat for Humanity. Without doubt it has long been recognized as a credible housing charity for hands-on delivery of truly affordable housing. Habitat has over the...

Finding Housing Opportunities In Daily Life

Winning a lottery is undeniably an opportunity. The sudden change in circumstances comes with its own consequences, not all of them good. As well, most people don't win lotteries....

Community Land Trust Purchases 40-Unit Building With NO Public Funding

The San Francisco Community Land Trust recently purchased a 40 unit apartment building, which will operate as a housing co-operative providing permanently affordable housing. The purchase is significant because it...

Baltimore Evidence That Land Trusts Are Coming Of Age

In the grand scheme of lower housing prices, Community Land Trusts (CLTs) have in America largely been exotic animals worthy of further study, rather than tried and true pack...

Public Housing Futures: Transitional Or Transformative?

Here are two visions of public housing: An attractive, secure, affordable lifelong home for "workers," first promoted in the U.S. at the dawn of American public housing by the...

A Year For Celebrating Historic Social Housing Firsts?

There are some perennially familiar annual record breakers: World's most expensive city in which to live: Hong Kong World's most crowded city in which to live: Hong Kong . . ....

Climate Change And The Pandemic Drive Interest In Land Trusts and Co-operatives

News from Reuters appeared recently about low cost housing co-operatives in Thailand, which have been supported by the Thai government since 2003. As a consequence of climate change, more and...

2008 Housing Meltdown: Lessons for The Land-Grabbing Little Guy

Since the world is largely full of losers, with mere handfuls of winners (think Olympics) chances are as you read this that, although you do not carry a card...

California Legislates To Support Land Trusts

A story from Next City reports on two pieces of legislation recently passed in California. They are intended to assist community based non-profit agencies buy housing. The first requires...

Housing Equity: The Potential Of Community Land Trusts

Shelterforce, which supports community development initiatives across the United States, is running a series about community land trusts. The series includes an entry level article that explains what community land...

Vancouver, B.C. As A Public Landlord: One Hat in a Two-Hatted City?

The City of Vancouver, BC has, as a responsible landlord, found itself going head to head with the authority tasked with extracting the most profitable solutions for the development...

COVID Housing Recovery in NYC: Non-Profits & Co-ops To The Rescue?

Post-pandemic turmoil in the housing market of America's largest city? Laissez-faire. Leave it be. Let the private sector, master of all housing matters, perform any needed recovery. . . ....

UK Public Housing? PPP Fails. Let’s Try PCP Based On CLTs

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), given free rein for several decades, now clearly define how they can serve a particular set of needs — where the term "Public" stands for...

A Land Trust For Rooming Houses

Toronto's Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust is buying properties in a rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood with the goal of making sure that homes are available to people with very low incomes. At...

Community Land Bank + Community Land Trust = Affordable Housing

Community Land Banks, under one name or another, have been around pretty much since the dawn of cities. They are the result of communities, through one means or another, acquiring...

One Way To Beat The Heat In A Hot Housing Market: A Community Land Trust

America is a land with no constitutional right to housing, but a pressing need for it, nonetheless. What is a house? With no constitutional definition, it's becoming ominously clear that...

20-20-20 Vision: Screw The Carrot. Montreal Brings The Stick To Affordable Housing.

Forget tempting financial carrots to coax developers into supporting affordable housing. Montreal, Quebec is planning to bring the big stick to multiple housing developments in the city. Incumbent mayor Mayor...

Paid Up Home In 3, Not 30, Years? How Does A Co-op Trailer Park Sound?

Public funding, foundation grants, sweat equity, donated land, land trusts, all these and more play a part these days in attempts to piece together affordable housing projects aimed at...

Can We Say Too Much About Community Land Trusts for Affordable Housing?

Actually, we don't really feel we can say too much about the potential of Community Land trusts. Just at the moment, virtually all national governments around the world seem far...

Austin’s Push Towards Land Trusts: Encouraging Sign Of The Times

In a reflection of the rapidly worsening national affordable housing crisis, city councils across America are scrambling to put together strategic plans for coping. What follows is an article highlighting...

How To Stop The Insane Upward Spiral Of Land Value? Affordable Housing Turns To Land Trusts

Stop the land price merry-go-round! Investors certainly want to get on it, but those in need of affordable housing very much want to get off. Land trusts are one way of...

Aussies Target All Income Levels In Build-to-Rent Project Planted On A Land Trust

Tax credit and subsidized affordable housing projects need not be be solely based upon an ownership model. However, it seems that many developers would much prefer to avoid build-to-rent...

How Library Systems Can Help Address Affordable Housing Crises

Increasing density seems the only option for building affordable housing in the downtown core of many cities. Even smaller homes in higher towers may only temporarily be affordable, if...

United Kingdom Civic Housebuilding – History Shows How To Build

Shelter, a UK based charity, published New Civic Housebuilding 2017 to present an approach to building affordable housing using strategies used successfully in the past. The report argues that developing...

A Non-Profit Develops City Owned Land: Good News For Affordable Housing?

Imagine an NGO lifeboat offering to rescue Toronto and Vancouver, bringing news that they can help build the affordable housing that they so desperately need. The key is the land...

Miami Wants To Lead A National Parade Towards Affordable Housing Land Trusts

How do you stop land and housing speculation in a democratic country committed to accumulating individual wealth through housing investment? Faced with skyrocketing real estate prices, inflated further by foreign...

Downsizing (Or Should It Be ‘Resizing’?) The American Dream

The postwar housing boom that brought Norman Rockwell's idealized America to a ring of suburbs around every North American city was not built upon 2000-3000 sq ft. ranch houses...

Four Kinds Of Affordable Housing That Can Work In A Democracy

Social housing has been largely abandoned by democracy. Or at least by those democracies that have participated most fervently in the East-West Cold War, where socialism became viewed in...

An American Godfather Of Affordable Home Ownership On Public Land

Thousands of homeowners have purchased affordable homes in Burlington, Vermont, beginning in the 1980's when senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — then mayor of Burlington — introduced a land...
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