Massachusetts CLTs - Schumacher Center for a New Economics


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

Date Incorporated: 2014
Purpose: Create affordable housing and strengthen year-round neighborhoods. 
Land Holdings: A duplex currently occupied by two families. 
Amherst Community Preservation Act Committee, Amherst Town Meeting, Pioneer Vally Habitat for Humanity, and the Interfaith Housing Corporation of Amherst

Andover Community Trust
2 Dundee Park, Suite B02A
Andover, MA 01810

Date Incorporated: 1992
Purpose: Economic diversity and permanently affordable housing.
Land Holdings: Eight land parcels all used for affordable housing; 13 homes developed.
Additional Information: The Andover Community Trust partners with the Greater Lawrence Technical School to build their homes.

Berkshire Community Land Trust
Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires

P.O. Box 276
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Date Incorporated: 
BCLT 2015 (501c3)
CLTSB 1980 (501c2)
Purpose: Affordable access to productive lands for housing, farmsteads, retail, and manufacturing.
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

Boston Farms Community Land Trust
487 Norfolk Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

Date Incorporated: 2017
Purpose:  To promote and protect urban farmland, and to ensure that decisions about this land remain in local control. 
Land Holdings: They currently own and manage 5 farmsites totaling 1.3 acres across Boston. They intend to build 20 farms and acquire 30 acres by 2030. 
Governance Details:  Founding board members are community leaders, experienced farmers, and developers.
Partners: Urban Farming Institute (UFI)
Funders: Boston Investments, Eastern Bank, Needham Bank, Zanec

Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust
        Formerly the Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF)
550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Date Incorporated:  2014
Purpose:  Combat displacement and promote racial justice in the housing system.
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.

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

Date Incorporated: 1988
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings: 26 parcels of land and a total of 49 units that have been completed. 

Housing demonstration organized by the Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust / Photo by Maureen White
Housing demonstration organized by the Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust / Photo by John Hulsey
Bread and Roses
Governor Baker and homeowner Jessica from Bread and Roses CLT

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. Combat displacement and increase community control of land.
Land Holdings: They have purchased 2 parcels of land to develop 7 units of affordable housing; They have a 15 year renewable lease on land for 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)
Funders, Partners, and Donors

Community Land Trust of Cape Ann
c/o Harborlight Community Partners
P.O. Box 507
Beverly, MA 01915

Purpose: Create permanently affordable housing.
Land Holdings: 51 affordable first-time buyer condominium units 
Governance Notes: The CLT merged with Harborlight Community Partners and the HCP now is in charge of managing the land trust.

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

Date Incorporated: 1988
Purpose:  Neighborhood revitalization, prevention of displacement from gentrification, and community building. 
Land Holdings: Over 30 acres of formerly vacant, blighted land now under neighborhood control has become 227 units of affordable housing including: 97 units of permanently affordable homeownership, 77 cooperative housing units and 53 rental units, a 10,000 square foot community greenhouse, 9 urban farms, a playground, gardens, a community building with industry and arts, and other amenities of a thriving urban village. 
Governance Details: 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

Fair development demonstration organized by Chinese Progressive Association
Landscaping volunteers, DSNI

Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network
617-442-9670 x8

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
21 Mechanic Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Purpose: Conservation-based permanently affordable housing, workforce housing, increased economic diversity.
Land Holdings:  They have sold and rented 126 housing units and they hope to create an additional 150 year-round ownership and rental properties by the end of 2025.
Governance Notes: Board staffed by members from six island towns, the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, homeowners, and community members.

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
Somerville, MA

Date Incorporated:  Still in formation stages.
Purpose: Create permanently affordable housing.
Land Holdings: Still organizing to generate funding for land.
Governance Notes: Recommendation Report

Valley Community Land Trust
PO Box 1552
Greenfield, MA 01302

Date Incorporated: 1977
Purpose: Govern land as a sacred resource for future and current generations.
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.
Governance Notes: Bylaws

Urban Farming Institute of Boston
487 Norfolk Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

Purpose: Develop and promote urban farming 
Land Holdings: They currently manage 7 farms and are looking for land to add to their community land trust for farmland. 
Partners: The Trust for Public Land

Worcester Common Ground
5 Piedmont Street
Worcester, MA 016010

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.

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