Purpose: Affordable housing, sustainability.
Land Holdings: Five properties which are occupied by cooperatives or intentional communities.
Partners and Funders
Governance Notes: Achieves its sustainability objective by leasing land to cooperatives, which are organized by a sister program.
Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts
Purpose: Provide a forum for policy advocacy and technical resources; Support the growth of new Community Land Trusts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Date Incorporated: 2008
Purpose: Affordable housing, sustainable living, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods
Land Holdings: Three apartment complexes, two are leased to the Urban Soil cooperative; total of 40 tenants living on the two-block parcel.
Governance Notes: Bylaws; Began in the 1990's as the LA Ecovillage Project, a nonprofit which governed an intentional community and two apartment complexes; Split into two separate entities–BVCLT and Urban Soil–in pursuit of a legal structure of democratic control; Currently, BVCLT owns the land and leases it to the Urban Soil cooperative, which owns 2 of the apartment buildings.
Date Incorporated: 1982
Purpose: Affordable housing, community.
Land Holdings: Six residential and commercial spaces, including a historical home, mixed residential/commercial spaces, and a gas station; four gifted properties currently under development.
Date Incorporated: 2017
Purpose: Steward land as a public good, sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, community building.
Land Holdings: Three acre parcel with a three-bedroom farmhouse, a two-bedroom studio building, a big barn, as well as two yurts and a solar array on the barn; More housing is planned for the future.
Additional Information: Seeks to act as a model for land gifting into CLTs, read benefactor's description of her land gifting experience here.
Date Incorporated: 2000
Purpose: Affordable housing, transitional living.
Land Holdings: One multi-unit home.
Governance Notes: Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws; Emphasizes homeownership in bylaws, yet it is unclear if residents enjoy shared equity in practice.
Community Land Trust Associate of West Marin
P.O. Box 273
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Date Incorporated: 2001
Purpose: Affordable housing, restoration of the natural environment, community resilience and diversity.
Land Holdings: Five parcels with two homes and 18 rental units.
Purpose: Affordable housing
Land Holdings: 22 homes; Additional rental properties
Governance Notes: CLT program is governed by a tripartite advisory committee which oversees the Housing Humboldt Board of Directors on issues concerning the CLT; No voting membership structure.
Northern California Land Trust
3122 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Date Incorporated: 1973
Purpose: Affordable housing, community resilience.
Land Holdings: 15 sites which are used for a variety of purposes, including single-family homes, condominiums, cooperatives, and commercial spaces.
Partners: People of Color Sustainable Housing Network, Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts.
Date Incorporated: 2009
Purpose: Affordable housing, resident-led development.
Land Holdings: 33 affordable properties which are used for a variety of purposes, including single and multi-family homes, mixed commercial usage, and open space.
Partners & Funders
East Bay Express: How Hasta Muerte Coffee Successfully Secured Its Building (July 24, 2018)
SF Chronicle: Hasta Muerte Created a Safe Space for Oakland, and Then Oakland Saved It (August 10, 2018)
Next City: Land Trust Helps Oakland’s Hasta Muerte Coffee Stay Put (July 16, 2018)
Oakland North:23rd Ave Art Space Members Rally to Buy Their Own Building (April 23, 2018)
Shelterforce: Why Tenants Should Be Given the Opportunity to Purchase Their Buildings (May 8, 2018)
Next City: Oakland Community Hub Rallies to Save Itself from Gentrification (March 20, 2018)
Locavesting: In Oakland, Community-Owned Real Estate is Bucking Gentrification Trend (March 12, 2018).
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings: 31 single-family homes.
Partners: City of San Diego, Habitat for Humanity.
Curbed: Community land trusts take aim at rising rents (April 18, 2018)
The San Diego Union Tribune: City Selling $1 Plots (February 8, 2018).
Date Incorporated: 2001
Purpose: Combat displacement and discrimination, relieve stress on the poor caused by high housing prices, promote community empowerment, and provide San Francisco with permanently affordable resident-controlled housing.
Land Holdings: 13 sites used as multi-unit or cooperative residences.
Partners & Funders
St. Joseph CLT
1041 Lyons Ave.
South Lake, CA 96150530-541-8930
Date Incorporated: 2002
Purpose: Religious non-profit seeking to improve the quality of life for year-round residents.
Land Holdings: One apartment building with 76 units, one single-family home.
Partners: Local Catholic churches and businesses.
Additional Information: Organizes a series of homeowner education sessions.
Media Coverage: Housing for the People.
Date Incorporated: 2016
Purpose: THRIVE intends to raise the standard of community involvement in planning, neighborhood design, and local governance decisions. Dedicated to building community wealth and healthy neighborhoods through land stewardship and multi-generational resident leadership.
Land Holdings: No current land holdings; future sites include residential, parks, gardens, commercial space. First site is a microfarm that will be leased to a cooperative.
Partners: The City of Santa Ana; California Endowment Initiative - Building Healthy Communities.
Media Coverage: Streets Blog California: Community Land Trust Seeks to Revitalize Vacant Lots in Santa Ana (December 9, 2016).
Date Incorporated: 2005
Purpose: Affordable housing, community controlled land, stability for long-term residents.
Land Holdings: Two apartment complexes saved from redevelopment plans in order to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing; Currently engaged in community education to convert apartments into cooperatives.
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