Rhode Island CLTs - Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Rhode Island

Church Community Housing Corporation Community Land Trust
50 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840

Purpose: Affordable housing, economic development.
Land Holdings: They have developed over 900 homes and rehabilitated over 1,500. Over 100 of these homes are part of their community land trust.
Governance Notes: Governed by the Church Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors. At least one-third of the board is reserved for residents of low-income neighborhoods, other low-income community residents, or elected representatives of low-income neighborhood organizations.

Community Housing Land Trust of Rhode Island
1070 Main St.
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Date Incorporated: 2005
Purpose: Affordable housing and economic development throughout Rhode Island.
Governance Notes:  A statewide non-profit membership program of the Housing Network of RI.
Additional Information: The CHLT of Rhode Island was created in part to support the Rhode Island Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004. This requires every municipality to provide 10% of its housing stock as affordable for low and moderate income Rhode Islanders.

Housing Network of Rhode Island
Providence, RI


Purpose: Incorporated a state-wide land trust to coordinate and support the efforts of members and others to provide permanently affordable housing options in communities across Rhode Island.

Southside Community Land Trust
404 Broad St
Providence, RI 02907

Date Incorporated: 1981
Purpose: Provide access to land, education, and other resources to create sustainable community food systems.
Land Holdings: Owns or directly manages 21 community gardens in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls, and partners with schools, housing and community organizations to manage another 37; Owns or manages land used by 16 farmers to supply fresh fruits and vegetables to farmers markets, food businesses, restaurants, and CSAs; Operates three production farms in Providence and Pawtucket where organization practices and demonstrates bio-intensive, small-scale agricultural production; SCLT's garden network, a total of 86 agricultural sites,  produces food for roughly 1,200 people and their families every year.
Governance Notes: Board of trustees is not elected or tripartite; New members are interviewed, nominated, then confirmed by the existing board.
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Southside CLT's garden network, a total of 86 agricultural sites, produces food for roughly 1,200 families every year.
Garden plots held by Southside CLT.