Date Incorporated: 2014
Purpose: Affordable housing
Land Holdings: One multi-family home.
Partners: Habitat for Humanity, Amherst Community Preservation Act Committee, Amherst Town Meeting, and the Interfaith Housing Corporation of Amherst.
Date Incorporated: 2008
Purpose: Foreclosure protection, increasing resident and community control of housing.
Land Holdings: Six sites with 15 units of affordable housing, currently being converted into land trust properties; one house.
Governance Notes: Organization has newly adopted the land trust model; Held its first board meeting as a CLT in June 2019; Working board of trustees is comprised of four board members from COHIF and seven new members, two of the new board members are residents of BNCLT properties.
Funders: Cummings Foundation.
Purpose: Preserve Boston’s Chinatown as both a residential, working class neighborhood and the social, cultural, political, and economic center of the broader Chinese community of New England.
Land Holdings: 1 parcel of land used as a community walkway; Organizing to purchase 2 parcels to develop 7 units of affordable housing; Negotiating for lease of a state-owned parcel that houses the community’s only public open recreational park, known as the Reggie Wong Park.
Media Coverage: Sampan: The Chinatown Community Land Trust: A tool to sustain community (September 12, 2016)
Date Incorporated: 1980
Purpose: Affordable, productive land
Land Holdings: Three tracts of land, including a ten acre residential site in South Egremont which houses the Schumacher Center for a New Economics; Forest Row, a neighborhood
of 18 units in a combination of single and multiple buildings; and Indian Line Farm, the first CSA Farm in North America
Governance Notes: Modeled the two-tier structure, which separates organizational activity between a 501c3 that fundraises and educates in the community and a 501(c)(2) subsidiary that manages the landholdings.
Date Incorporated: 1988
Purpose: Community control, neighborhood revitalization.
Land Holdings: 30 acres of formerly vacant, blighted land now under neighborhood control, has become 225 new affordable homes, a 10,000 square foot community greenhouse, urban farm, a playground, gardens, and other amenities of a thriving urban village.
Governance Notes: Dudley Neighbors, Inc. (DNI) was created by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) to manage its land holdings. DNI is governed by an 11-member board of directors of whom two are non-voting members, with a majority of the board (six) being chosen by the DSNI board and others appointed, one each, by the Roxbury Neighborhood Council, the Boston City Councilor for the 7th District and the Mayor’s Office; the two nonvoting members are appointed by the State Senator (2nd Suffolk) and the State Representative (5th Suffolk). Residents run for the DSNI board and then request to become
one of the six appointed seats to the DNI board which includes a DNI leaseholder. See more
Partners & Funders
Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network
Purpose: A network of organizations who have or are exploring community land trusts to collectively control land for farms, housing, businesses and more.
Purpose: Conservation-based affordable housing, workforce housing, economic diversity.
Land Holdings: 60+ homes available for ownership, additional rental properties.
Governance Notes: Board staffed by members from six island towns, the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, homeowners, and community members.
Partners: Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, The Conservation Fund.
Northeast Farmers of Color
Purpose: Regional, nonprofit land trust that will acquire land or easements for the purpose of conservation and permanent affordability/access for POC farmers in New England and Upstate New York.
Date Incorporated: 1977
Purpose: Govern land as a sacred resource.
Land Holdings: Over 200 acres of land in Franklin County, MA; has provided homes for more than 50 people and a base for agriculture, forestry and various cottage industries.
Date Incorporated: 1988
Purpose: Oppose displacement and absentee land ownership
Land Holdings: 68 units of affordable housing; five sites used as transitional housing, a Catholic Worker House, a community garden, and a playground; three mixed-use commercial sites.
Date Incorporated: 2018
Purpose: To promote and protect urban farmland, and to ensure that decisions about this land remain in local control.
Governance Details: founding board members are community leaders, experienced farmers, and developers.