California CLTs – Schumacher Center for New Economics


Bay Area Community Land Trust
P. O. Box 2652
Berkeley, CA 94702

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.
Media Coverage.

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.

Beverly Vermont Community Land Trust (BVCLT)
117 Bimini Place
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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.

Future site of BVCLT learning garden

Bolinas Community Land Trust
6 Wharf Rd
Bolinas, CA 94924

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.

Multi-family home held by Bolinas CLT

California Community Land Trust Network

Purpose: State-wide forum for CLTs to share resources, policy information, and best-practices.

Commonspace Community  Land Trust
1809 Cooper Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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.

Agricultural land held by Commonspace CLT

Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz
P.O. Box 7248
Santa Cruz, CA  95061-7248

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.

Single-family home renovated to be energy efficient by CLAM

Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County
PO Box 5431
Petaluma, CA 94955-5431

Date Incorporated: 2002
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings:  68 homes distributed county-wide.
Media Coverage

Humboldt Bay Housing Development Corporation
PO Box 4655
Arcata, CA 95518

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.

Artwork by Northern California Land Trust

Oakland Community Land Trust
720 Broadway 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

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
Media Coverage:
East Bay Express: 
 How Hasta Muerte Coffee Successfully Secured Its Building (July 24, 2018)
SF ChronicleHasta 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 N
orth:23rd Ave Art Space Members Rally to Buy Their Own Building  (April 23, 2018)
 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).

Hasta Muerte Coffee was purchased by the neighborhood after organizing efforts with Oakland CLT. Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle 2018
Home held by OAK CLT

San Diego Community Land Trust
10620 Treena Street, Suite 230
San Diego, CA 92131

Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings: 31 single-family homes.
Partners: City of San Diego, Habitat for Humanity.
Media Coverage:
Curbed: Community land trusts take aim at rising rents (April 18, 2018)
The San Diego Union Tribune:  City Selling $1 Plots (February 8, 2018).

Sacramento Community Land Trust

Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: Affordable housing and community resilience.
Land Holdings: Still in organizing stages.
Documents: Draft of Bylaws.

Photo by Sacramento CLT

San Francisco Community Land Trust
PO Box 420982
San Francisco, CA 94142

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.
Governance Notes
Partners & Funders

Multi-family home held by SF CLT

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.

THRIVE Santa Ana

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).

Artwork by THRIVE Santa Ana

T.R.U.S.T. South L.A.
4331 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

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.
Media Coverage

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