Pennsylvania CLTs - Schumacher Center for a New Economics


Centre County Housing & Land Trust
P.O. Box 141
State College, PA 16804

Date Incorporated: 2007
Purpose: Create affordable housing,  provide budget and pre-/post-purchase counseling; work with for-profit developers; and work with local municipalities on housing issues & implementing their affordable housing policies.
Land Holdings: 14-lot housing development consisting of eleven single-family homes, two duplexes, and one mobile home.
Governance Notes: Board of directors includes one representative from each founding housing organization, as well as members from the general public, community organizations, public officials, and residents.
Partners: Founded through the collaboration of five local housing organizations (Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County, Housing Authority of Centre County, Housing Transitions Inc., State College Borough, and State College Community Land Trust).

City of Bridges Community Land Trust
100 43rd, Suite 106
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Date Incorporated: 2017
Purpose: Affordable housing; displacement prevention.
Land Holdings: 13 houses sold, 4 houses currently for sale, 9 projects in the works. On track to meet goal of 100 occupied units in Allegheny County by 2026.
Governance Notes: Tripartite board. Founding board is appointed; bylaws state and the organization intends to become an open membership, democratic organization in near future.
Additional Information: Founded as a pilot project of the Lawrenceville Corporation in the face of rapid gentrification of Pittsburgh.

Community Justice Land Trust
        c/o Women’s Community Revitalization Project

100 West Oxford Street Suite E-2300
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Date Incorporated: 2010
Purpose: Prevent displacement of WCRP constituents who cannot afford rising rents and property taxes.
Land Holdings:  36 rent-to-own Grace Townhomes in Port Richmond; Plans to transfer land of the Nicole Hines Townhomes, which will include 35 rent-to-own townhomes in Germantown, and the Mamie Nichols Townhomes, which will be 33 rental townhomes in Point Breeze. Additional rental sites available. 
Governance Notes: Although the Community Justice Land Trust is  operated by the Women’s Community Revitalization Project,  it remains accountable to the local community  through an advisory committee that consists of residents and other stakeholders, as well as WCRP board members.
Partners: Pennsylvania Community Land Trust Collaborative.
Additional Information: Only uses rental and rent-to-own agreements.

Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust
1337 East Fifth Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Year Incorporated: 2010
Land Holdings: They currently have 4 properties under construction which are expected to become available this winter or spring. 35 single family homes.
Governance Notes: 
Smaller CLT board subsidiary to larger, tripartite board of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (one third public, one third low-income residents, one third public sector government representatives). 99 year lease. 

Mosaic Community Land Trust
724 N. Adams St. Suite 203
Pottstown, PA 19464

Purpose: Neighborhood stabilization, arts & culture, community gardens.
Land Holdings: One home rehabilitated and 5 community gardens created. 
Partners: Genesis Housing and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Mosaic 
Additional Information: Provides landscaping and garden mentoring if the homeowner should request it for the period of one year; Subsidizes initial down payment of in exchange for the home remaining a primary residence for no less than five years and the homeowner becoming a fully participating member of Mosaic; Organization also runs arts and education workshops.

State College Community Land Trust
1315 S. Allen Street Suite 306
State College, PA 16801

Date Incorporated: 1996
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings:Purchased and rehabbed 51 homes, built 2 net-zero energy ready homes; 77 households purchased affordable homes. Land under 8 affordable rental units owned by SCCLT, keeping units affordable in perpetuity.

Neighborhood of operation, Community Justice Land Trust / Photo by Katie Levesque
Murals and garden by Mosaic CLT
State College Community Land Trust home