California CLTs - Schumacher Center for a New Economics


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

Date Incorporated: 2006
  Permanently affordable housing cooperatives run by residents that focus on sustainability through community spaces.
Land Holdings: Eight properties which are occupied by cooperatives with more to come.  They are currently working on senior housing and apartment buildings. 
Governance Notes:  BACLT's Board consists of one-third lessee members, one-third general members and one-third public members. BACLT owns the land and leases it to the Cooperative.

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

Date Incorporated: 2008
Purpose:  Keep working class communities of color in their homes and neighborhoods by removing land from the housing market. 
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 two of the apartment complexes on BVCLT land.

Future site of BVCLT learning garden

Black Owned and Operated Community Land Trust
4317 Degnan Blvd Unit X
Los Angeles, California 90017

Date Incorporated: 2017
Purpose: Steward community controlled land while increasing awareness and community action regarding housing, transportation, and recreation. They also create initiatives which  encourage community building and economic opportunity.
Land Holdings: Black Owned and Operated CLT currently runs Sole Folks, a community based retail hub. They also  have an art lab and gallery in addition to community gardens which provide food for the local community. Their future plans include buying properties for the community to turn into affordable housing, grocery stores, warehouses, and more. 
Additional Information: Sole Folks serves as a platform for over 60 Black-owned businesses and designers. Products sold include clothing, accessories, home goods, and beauty projects. Co-op members also have access to sewing machines, laptops, a podcasting studio and more. 
Media: LA Times 

Bolinas Community Land Trust
6 Wharf Rd #8
Bolinas, CA 94924

Date Incorporated: 1982
Purpose: To create, preserve, and sustain long-term affordable housing within the Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District.
Governance Notes: Bylaws
Land Holdings:  Six residential and commercial spaces, including a historical home, mixed residential/commercial spaces, and a gas station. They currently have five ongoing projects including a septic program which allows residents to upgrade their septic systems at a reduced rate. 
Media:  Point Reyes Light- Green Light for Bolinas Affordable Housing Development.

California Community Land Trust Network

Purpose: Support affordable housing and community-controlled land.  State-wide forum for CLTs to share resources, policy information, and best-practices.

Capay Valley Agrarian Commons
Capay Valley, CA

Purpose: Generate permanently affordable farmland for next generation farmers.
Land Holdings: Currently in the process of looking for land as the piece which they hoped to buy was sold. 
Governance Notes: Bylaws
Partners and Allies: California FarmLink, Good Humus Produce, Full Belly Farm, Riverdog Farm 

Historic Gibson House of Bolinas CLT
Historic Gibson House of Bolinas CLT

Coastal Commons Land Trust
Santa Cruz, CA

Date Incorporated: They are still in the process of receiving 501c3 status. 
Purpose: Community owned, affordable housing. 
Additional Information: They are sponsored by the Center for Political Ecology until they receive 501c3 status. 

Commonspace Community  Land Trust
1809 Cooper Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Date Incorporated: 2017
Purpose: To providing affordable housing and ecological land stewardship in perpetuity. 
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 Land Trust Association of West Marin
P.O. Box 273
Point Reyes Station, CA  94956

Date Incorporated: 2001
Purpose: Permanently affordable, environmentally sustainable housing.
Land Holdings: Five parcels with two homes and 18 rental units. They are currently working on a  multi-unit home. 

El Sereno Community Land Trust
5471 N. Huntington Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Date Incorporated: 2020
Purpose: De-commodify local real estate and provide permanent affordable housing.
Land Holdings: They currently have 6 sites which include gardens, housing units, and open spaces. 
Additional Information: El Sereno Community Land Trust was formed when the Eastside Cafe was threatened with displacement, regained the land, and then created a separate land trust to manage the land. 

Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libre
1781 E. 1st Street, #209
Los Angeles, Ca 90033

Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: Provide secure, quality, affordable housing to residents of Boyle Heights and East LA.
Land Holdings: They do not appear to have any properties yet but are hoping to acquire properties in the future and help people who are facing foreclosures on their houses. 

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

Date Incorporated: 2002
Purpose: Affordable housing for low and moderate-income families.
Land Holdings:  132 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.

Inland Empire Community Land Trust
PO Box 9866
Redlands, CA 92375

Purpose: Provide homeownership opportunities to low and moderate income residents. 
Land Holdings: In early organizing stages of acquiring land. 

Inland Equity Community Land Trust
Riverside, CA

Date Incorporated: 2020
Purpose: High quality, affordable, and sustainable housing. 
Land Holdings: They are in the early stages of gathering support and funds. They recently raised funds for a homeless immigrant couple to purchase an RV. In terms of land, they plan on developing  four homes on a 20 acre lot in San Bernadino. They also are developing two accessory dwelling units (ADU) in Riverside. 

Irvine Community Land Trust
503 Nightmist
Irvine, CA 92618

Date Incorporated: 2006
Purpose:  Provide secure and high-quality affordable housing for owners and renters with financial need. 
Land Holdings: 6 total projects with 475 units of rented and owned housing. 
Additional Information: The Irvine CLT was originally created by the city of Irvine after a housing task force was made to solve issues related to the affordable housing crisis. 

Liberty Community Land Trust
3818 Crenshaw Blvd #314
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Purpose: Environmental sustainability, affordable housing, neighborhood stability, and solidarity economy.
Land Holdings: Still in very early stages of gathering funds, land, and support

Liberty Hill Los Angeles Land Trust Coalition
Los Angeles, CA

Purpose:  Increase and preserve affordable housing in LA. 

Northern California Land Trust
3120 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, community gardens, and commercial spaces.
Partners: People of Color Sustainable Housing Network, Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts.

NPHS Community Land Trust
9551 Pittsburgh Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Purpose: Provide permanently affordable homes for low-income households.  
Land Holdings: 3 homes. 

Artwork by Northern California Land Trust

Oakland Community Land Trust
101 Broadway,  Suite 310
Oakland, CA 94607

Date Incorporated: 2009
Purpose: Affordable housing, resident-led development, and expanding economic opportunities for communities of color.
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).

Richmond Land
2163 Meeker Ave., #117
Richmond, CA 94804

Purpose:  Create a supply of decommodified, community-centered land to generate cultural power, create affordable housing, and just land-use, housing, and economic development. 
Land Holdings: They are currently working on a Tiny Home Eco Village which will revitalize vacant public housing land. 

Sacramento Community Land Trust
Sacramento, CA

Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: Affordable housing and prevention of displacement of historically discriminated communities. 
Governance Notes:  Board of Directors made up of 1/3 CLT residents, 1/3 general members, 1/3 members of historically discriminated groups. There is also an advisory council and general members which contribute to the land trust's mission. 
Land Holdings: Still in organizing stages. Currently working with the city of Sacramento on the Morrison Creek Revitalization Project. 
Documents: Draft of Bylaws.

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

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

Purpose: Affordable housing for local San Diego residents.
Land Holdings: 31 single-family homes.
Partners: City of San Diego, Habitat for Humanity.
Governance Notes: 99 year renewable and inheritable ground lease. There is a tripartite board made up of homeowners, neighborhood residents, and other parties. 
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).

San Francisco Community Land Trust
44 Page Street, Suite 401
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: 12 sites used as multi-unit or cooperative residences. Over 140 units total.
Partners & Funders

Sogorea Te' Land Trust
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: An urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship.

South Bay Community Land Trust
525 W. Alma Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

Date incorporated: April 2019
Purpose: Expand community control of land to provide permanent affordable housing and prevent displacement.
Land Holdings: Currently, they are looking to acquire small, multi-unit residential buildings to turn into affordable housing. 

St. Joseph CLT
1041 Lyons Ave.
South Lake, CA 96150

Date Incorporated: 2002
Purpose: Independent membership non-profit seeking to improve the quality of life for year-round residents in both California and Nevada.
Land Holdings: One apartment building with 76 units, one single-family home. Currently, they are working on three single-family homes which have been pre-sold. 
Partners: Local Catholic churches and businesses.
Additional Information: Organizes a series of homeowner education sessions.

Multi-family home held by SF CLT

THRIVE Santa Ana
Santa Ana, CA

Date Incorporated: 2016
Purpose: To build community control, maintain economic diversity, and create healthy neighborhoods through affordable housing and stewardship.
Land Holdings: No current land holdings; future sites include residential, parks, gardens, commercial space. Currently working on the Walnut and Daisy Microfarm which is set on community land. 
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).

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;  Currently engaged in community education  to convert apartments into cooperatives.
Media Coverage

Artwork by THRIVE Santa Ana