Massachusetts CLTs - Schumacher Center for New Economics


Amherst Community Land Trust
P.O. Box 395
Amherst, MA 01004

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.

Andover Community Trust
P.O. Box 5038
Andover, MA 01810

Date Incorporated: 1992
Purpose: Economic diversity, affordable housing.
Land Holdings: Eight land parcels all used for affordable housing; seven complete homes and six in process.


Boston Neighborhood CLT
        Formerly the Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF)
1803 Dorchester Ave.

Dorchester, MA 002124
617-350-8885, ext. 117

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.

Housing demonstration organized by COHIF / Photo by Maureen White
Housing demonstration organized by COHIF / Photo by John Hulsey

Bread and Roses Community Land Trust
15 Union St. Suite 401
Lawrence, MA 01840

Date Incorporated: 1988
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings: Eight land parcels all used for affordable housing; seven complete homes and six in process.

Chinatown Community Land Trust
        c/o Chinese Progressive Association
28 Ash St.
Boston, MA 02111

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)

Fair development demonstration organized by Chinese Progressive Association

Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires
P.O. Box 276
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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.

Indian Line Farm sits on land held by the CLT in the Southern Berkshires
Single-family home in Forest Row neighborhood, CLT in the Southern Berkshires

Dudley Neighbors, Inc.
504 Dudley St.
Roxbury, MA 02119

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
Media Coverage

Landscaping volunteers, DSNI

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.

Island Housing Trust
P.O. Box 779
West Tisbury, MA 02575

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.

Somerville Community Land Trust

Date Incorporated:  Still in formation stages.
Purpose: Affordable housing, community control. 

Valley Community Land Trust
PO Box 1552
Greenfield, MA 01302

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.

1976 newspaper headline regarding Valley CLT
Historical home stewarded by Valley CLT

Worcester Common Ground
5 Piedmont Street
Worcester, MA 01609

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.

Boston Farms Community Land Trust
487R Norfolk Street
Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126

Date Incorporated: 2017
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.