New York CLTs - Schumacher Center for New Economics

New York

Adirondack Community Housing Trust
103 Hand Avenue P.O. Box 157
Elizabethtown, NY 12932

Purpose: Generate affordable housing and economic development.
Land Holdings: Two housing developments.
Governance Notes: Members of the board of directors are drawn from the various parts of the Adirondack Park area; ACHT is staffed by a contract with the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, but the organization is fully controlled by its own board.
Additional Notes: Initially organized after NY state budgeted $1M to be used by a housing trust to reduce the cost of home purchases for families making less than 120% of Adirondack area median income.

Albany Community Land Trust
255 Orange St.
Albany NY  12210

Date Incorporated: 1987
Purpose: Create long-term affordable housing for low-income residents, combat community deterioration, and educate the public about community development.
Land Holdings:  Manages 56 affordable rental units in 38 buildings and has rehabilitated and sold 35 homes. They had 4 buildings in development for 6 additional affordable rental units as of 2020.
Partners: Affordable Housing Partnership (AHP), Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, United Tenants of Albany,   New York State's Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative (a program created by the Office of the New York Attorney General and Enterprise Community Partners), Albany County Land Bank.

Renovating affordable homes, Albany CLT

Better Community Neighborhoods Inc.
670 Franklin St., Suite 201
Schenectady, NY 12305

Date Incorporated: 1991
Purpose: Long-term affordable housing, ecologically-sound land use.
Land Holdings:  25 homes; 14 additional properties available for rental.
Additional Information: Better Community Neighborhoods Inc. was created as the result of a merger between two Schenectady non-profits: Better Neighborhoods Inc. and the Community Land Trust of Schenectady. 

Bronx Community Land Trust
c/o Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy  Coalition
103 E 196th St.

Bronx, NY 10468

Date Incorporated: 2020
Purpose:  Create permanently affordable housing as well as commercial, industrial, and green spaces. Build collective governance over the Bronx.
Land Holdings:  They have no land holdings as of 2022 but have identified 26 city-owned lots in the Bronx which they hope to obtain.

Brownsville Community Land Trust
c/o Brownsville Partnership
519 Rockaway Avenue, 4th floor

Brooklyn, NY 11212

Date Incorporated: In beginning stages of organizing and receiving funding
Purpose: The BVCLT will develop and preserve permanently affordable housing for low income households, as well as vibrant public spaces, to assure that residents have power to shape the future of their neighborhood and enable residents to create and build wealth.
Land Holdings:  None as of 2022. 
Additional Information: New York City Council announced $870,000 in FY2020 discretionary funding for community land trusts (CLTs) across NYC. This is hoped to be used for officially establishing the Brownsville CLT.

City Roots CLT
1115 East Main Street
Suite 207A, Box 16
Rochester, NY 14609

Date Incorporated: 2016
Purpose: Create and steward high-quality, permanently affordable, community-controlled land, housing, and other physical assets in Rochester, NY. Two critical, interdependent components of their work help them achieve their mission; property development & stewardship, and community organizing.
Land Holdings:  19 parcels which include a homeless encampment called Peace Village & four single-family homes; Property acquired through foreclosure and defense processes, 2 commercial spaces, and community gardens. 
Governance Notes: Bylaws

Cooper Square Community Land Trust
61 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Date Incorporated: 1994
Purpose:  Contribute to the preservation and development of affordable, environmentally healthy housing and community/cultural spaces so that the Cooper Square area remains racially, economically and culturally diverse.
Land Holdings:  Two parcels; leases one parcel with 328 affordable apartment units to the Cooper Square Cooperative; Waiting to close on second parcel's improvements, which include two additional apartment complexes.
Governance Notes: A 501c3 land holding organization founded by the Cooper Square Community Development Committee; CCSLT is separately staffed and governed by a  self-perpetuating tripartite board of trustees.
Funders:  New York State's Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative (a program created by the Office of the New York Attorney General and Enterprise Community Partners), NYC Council.
Media Coverage: Gothamist: Outraged By Property Sales To Luxury Developers, Affordable Housing Group Takes On The Catholic Church  (March 14, 2019).

Housing demonstration, Cooper Square CLT

East Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust
c/o Picture the Homeless
104 East 126th Street
New York, NY 10035

Purpose: Create permanently affordable, community controlled housing, commercial, green and cultural spaces. 
Land Holdings: In very early stages of working to acquire land, housing, and funding. 

East New York Community Land Trust
2966 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208 

Purpose: Increase the number of affordable homes, small, local businesses, and green spaces in East New York and Brownsville.
Land Holdings:  East New York CLT plans to obtain vacant lots which will be developed for community use in the future.

Fruit Belt Community Land Trust
191 North Street, Suite 1
Buffalo, NY 14201

Date Incorporated: 2017
 Affordable housing, community development.
Land Holdings:  5 properties under development. 
Government Notes:  Bylaws
Funders: Open BuffaloPUSH Buffalo; the City of Buffalo; New York State's Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative (a program created by the Office of the New York Attorney General and Enterprise Community Partners).

Hempstead Community Land Trust
50 Clinton St, Suite 504
Hempstead, NY 11550

Date Incorporated:  2019
Purpose: Affordable housing. 
Land Holdings:  Plan to acquire land and houses within the village of Hempstead, NY. 

Interboro Community Land Trust
55 Broad St., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Date Incorporated: 2018
Purpose: Balancing permanent affordability, equity building, and neighborhood stability, Interboro supports New Yorkers and strengthens communities through the development and stewardship of permanently-affordable homes for ownership by low- and moderate-income households across the five boroughs of New York City.
Land Holdings: There are currently two single-family homes in Brooklyn on the CLT and 500-plus homeownership units (single-family homes and limited-equity co-op units) in Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx in the CLT’s pipeline.
Media Coverage: Scaling Up (Shelterforce), Interboro CLT (Shelterforce), Helping At-Risk Homeowners (Shelterforce), Press Release March 2022, Press Release September 2021
Funders: Citi Community Development, Enterprise Community Partners, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Office of the New York State Attorney General, Grounded Solutions Network, Ford Foundation

Long Island Partnership Housing Development Fund Community Land Trust
180 Oser Avenue
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Purpose:  Create single family, affordable workforce housing units which are to be sold at 80% or less of the median income in the area.  
Land Holdings:
Long Island Partnership CLT Housing Development Fund Co. Inc. (LIPCLTHDFC) worked collaboratively with Nassau and Suffolk Counties to acquire properties damaged by Superstorm Sandy and create 23 resilient homes. The properties had originally been acquired by New York State and were transferred to the CLT to further a regional resiliency strategy. As of December 2019, six additional properties are in the process of being acquired.
New York State's Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative (a program created by the Office of the New York Attorney General and Enterprise Community Partners).

Mott Haven-Port  Morris Community Land Trust
c/o Bronx Unite

Bronx, NY

Purpose: Create permanently affordable housing in the South Bronx.
Land Holdings: They are currently in the organizing to obtain land and housing units. 

Northeast Farmers of Color
Petersburg, NY

Purpose: Acquire land or easements for the purpose of conservation and permanent affordability/access for POC farmers.

Northern Manhattan  Community Land Trust
Manhattan, NYC, NY

Date Incorporated:  Undergoing incorporation as a 501c3 federal income tax exempt public charity as of 2022. 
Purpose: Create sustainable, affordable, and community-controlled housing while allowing residents to become financially stable. Northern Manhattan CLT also aims to "improve the collective life of the community by fostering the holistic cultural and economic development of people and organizations, and of the environment" as well as "anchor working class people, immigrants, and people of color against displacement."
Land Holdings:  Still in organizing phases as of 2022.

New York City Community Land Initiative
New York City, NY

Purpose:  Support community land trusts in New York City working to prevent homelessness and displacement. 

Southern Door Community Land Trust
Binghamton, NY

Purpose: Community controlled, permanently affordable housing. 
Land Holdings: Still in organizing stages of acquiring land, housing, and funding. 

Uniondale Community Land Trust
589 Newton Ave.
Uniondale, NY 11553

Date Incorporated: 2014
Purpose:  Create affordable housing in Uniondale, NY. 
Land Holdings: As of 2022 the Uniondale CLT has closed one home and hopes to have more housing units available in the future.

Western Queens Community Land Trust
Queens, NY

Purpose: Create deeply affordable and equitable housing, small business and manufacturing sites.
Land Holdings: As of 2022, they are working on acquiring a building which was intended to be given to Amazon as part of its then-deal with New York state government, in order to establish it as the community-driven Queensboro People's Space, a hub for small business, manufacturing, food justice, the arts and more.

The Queensboro People's Space, a current project from the Western Queens Community Land Trust.
A group of Western Queens CLT members.