Pennsylvania CLTs - Schumacher Center for New Economics


Centre County Housing & Land Trust
1155 Zion Road
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Date Incorporated: 2007
Purpose: Affordable housing.
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: 2020.
Purpose: Affordable housing; displacement prevention.
Land Holdings:  13 residential lots; seven homes sold, six more under development. seven houses sold and occupied; three more will be acquired next spring. 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. 

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

Year Incorporated: 2010
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).

Mosaic Community Land Trust
10 S. Hanover St
Pottstown, PA 19464

Purpose: Neighborhood stabilization, arts & culture, community gardens.
Land Holdings: One home rehabilitated.
Partners: Genesis Housing
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 Ste. 306
State College, PA 16801

Date Incorporated: 1996
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings: Rehabilitated 45 homes and built 2 net-zero energy ready homes; 67 households helped toward ownership.
Partners: Housing Transitions Inc., Centre County Housing and Land Trust, the Centre County Planning Office, and the Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition.

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 into CLT ownership, which will create 35 rent-to-own townhomes in Germantown; 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.

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