Connecticut CLTs - Schumacher Center for a New Economics


Litchfield Housing Trust
PO Box 1121
Litchfield, CT 06759

Date Incorporated: 1989
Purpose: Affordable housing for a diverse population. 
Land Holdings: Currently developing eight energy-efficient homes. They have an additional 47 affordable housing units scattered throughout Litchfield, Bantam, and Northfield.
Funding: Federal and Connecticut government funding grants include a Limited Equity Co-op Grant, a Housing and Community Development Grant, a Scattered Site Grant and Small Cities Grants for home rehabilitation projects and land purchases.  Private grants from the Benas Memorial Fund, the Torrington Area for Public Giving, the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust, LISC, and donations received by annual membership drives within the community. 
Additional Information:  They received a gift of approximately 40 acres of land from Andrew and Jamie Gagarin with the founding of the organization.

Naugatuck Valley Housing Development Corporation
        c/o Naugatuck Valley Project
St. John's Episcopal Church
16 Church Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

Date Incorporated: 1988
Purpose: Rural community resiliency, economic development, organizing disperse community interests.
Land Holdings: They currently have 102 cooperative housing units called the Brookside Housing Cooperatives.
Partners: Naugatuck Valley Project is a community-based regional organization of religious congregations, housing cooperatives, labor union locals, and educational and small business organizations;  the Naugatuck Valley Housing Development Corporation is a sub-project of this and runs the Brookside Housing Cooperatives.

Sharon Housing Trust

P.O. Box 1168
Sharon, CT

Date Incorporated: 2005
Purpose: Affordable housing for working-class families.
Land Holdings: One home built, one planned for construction.
Partners: Modeled after the Litchfield Housing Trust.
Funders:  State of Connecticut through a Small Town Economic Assistance Program,  individual community members.
Additional Information: Similar to Habitat for Humanity, SHT requests “sweat equity” from residents  as their home is being constructed.

Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust
539 Beach Rd
Voluntown, CT 06384

Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose:  Promote social justice through community holdings of the land. They also hope to hold land for the development and stewardship of permanently affordable housing, land for food production, green space, and facilities for community organizations. 
Land Holdings: One two family home in New London. 
Partners: Fresh New London, Voluntown Peace Trust, St. Francis House.
Funders: City of New London, The Frank Loomis Palmer Foundation, Haymarket Fund and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Washington Community Housing Trust
16 Church Street
New Preston, CT 06777

Date Incorporated: 1987
Purpose: Create and maintain affordable housing in Washington, CT. 
Land Holdings:  37 affordable housing units spread throughout 3 properties. Their latest project was the Vincent Farm in 2020 which has 3 affordable housing units.