Washington CLTs ~ Schumacher Center for New Economics


Artwork by Diana Luhn Bower / Lopez CLT

Africa Town CLT
1437 S Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144

Date Incorporated: 2016
Purpose: Affordable Housing, land stewardship, empower and preserve Black Diaspora community.


Big River CLT
PO Box 2634
White Salmon, WA 98672

Purpose: Affordable housing.

Cascadia CLT
PO BOX 2464
Bellingham, WA 98227

Date Incorporated: 2013
Purpose: Affordable Housing.
Land Holdings: None mentioned yet, working to acquire property.

Chelan Valley Housing Trust
P.O. Box 674,
Chelan, WA 98816

Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: Affordable Housing.
Land Holdings: Planning to create 48 houses in two developments, first of which should be available by 2020.

COMMON GROUND Community Housing Trust

Date Incorporated: Still filing for 501(c)(3) status.
Affordable Housing.
Land Holdings: Planned to make first homes available by late 2022.


Common Roots CLT

Date Incorporated: 2020
Purpose: Affordable Housing.

Homes and Hope CLT
10224 53rd Avenue W
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Date Incorporated: 2018
Purpose: Affordable Housing.
Land Holdings: 9 houses in 2021, plans to construct 20+ more in 2022.


Housing Resources Bainbridge
730 Ericksen Ave NE Suite 100
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206-842-1909 ext 16

Date Incorporated: 1989
Purpose: Affordable housing
Land Holdings: 42 homes; Additional 92 rental units.
Governance Notes: No members; Self-perpetuating board comprised of one third residents and two thirds community members;  Rental and owner members are suggested by a resident committee and then approved by the board.

Evergreen Land Trust
3231 Hillside Road
Deming, WA  98244

Date Incorporated: 1974
Purpose: To encourage the development of cooperative communities and sustainable land use practices through the preservation of land and housing.
Land Holdings: Seven parcels leased to self-governing, cooperative stewardship associations; Each community is unique, but they all operate by consensus; Land holdings include houses, farms, and forestlands.
Governance Notes:  Board of Directors is made up of two representatives from each ELT property and board members representing the community at-large; Meets quarterly to provide fiscal and legal oversight to the Trust and to advance long-range goals; An annual general membership meeting is held for all members of ELT to share information, report on annual stewardship activities, and elect the Board of Directors. The diverse mix of residents from the urban and rural properties brings a rich exchange of experience and perspective to the organization.

Home leased to a cooperative by Evergreen Land Trust

Homeward Bound CLT
616 Polk St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Date Incorporated: 2005
Purpose: Affordable housing
Land Holdings: Five homes; one apartment building.
Governance NotesBylaws
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Homestead Community Land Trust
412 Maynard Ave. South #201
Seattle, WA 98104

Date Incorporated: 1992
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings: 200 homes.
Governance Notes: Outline of Board Responsibilities.
Partners and Funders
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Home Trust of Skagit
612 S. First Street
Mount Vernon

Date Incorporated: 2009
Purpose: Affordable housing
Land Holdings20 homes located in two housing developments, five homes under construction, additional scattered site properties, 18 rental units.
Partners: Habitat for Humanity

Kulshan Community Land Trust
1303 Commercial St. Ste. 6
Bellingham, WA 98225

Date Incorporated: 2001
Purpose: Strengthen neighborhoods and move the community towards social justice, economic vitality and environmental sustainability.
Properties: 119 homes.

Lopez Community Land Trust
PO Box 25
Lopez Island, WA 98261

Date Incorporated: 1989
Purpose: Build a diverse, sustainable Lopez Island community through affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, and other dynamic rural development programs.
Land Holdings: Designed and constructed 6 housing developments, three of which run on net-zero energy; 49-acre historic working farm.
Governance Notes: Farmland managed through the Lopez Island Farm Trust (LIFT) program.
Additional Information: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) Program seeks to increase capacity and necessary infrastructure for local farmers; SARD developed the first USDA mobile processing unit, which was sold to the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative and enables Lopez farmers to slaughter animals on the farm and sell directly to local grocery stores; Established a Grain CSA, allowing local farmers to mill wheat into flour on the island; Affordable housing incubates business innovation: 12 local business owners are housed in LCLT homes.
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Home built by Lopez CLT

Methow Housing Trust
TwispWorks Campus
PO Box 938
Twisp, WA 98856

Date Founded: 2017
Purpose: Affordable housing
Land Holdings: Three neighborhoods with 21 homes built and 25-35 mixed units under construction.
Governance Notes: Bylaws

Neighborhood development by Methow Housing Trust

Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition
206-323-1227 Ext. 113

Purpose: Support and enhance the activities of the community land trusts based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.

Of People And Land (OPAL) Community Land Trust
286 Enchanted Forest Rd.
P.O. Box 1133
Eastsound, WA  98245

Date Incorporated: 1989
Purpose: Maintain the character, vibrancy and diversity of the Orcas Island community,  bridge the gap between the island’s increasingly high property values and the low incomes of many people who live and work there.
Land Holdings: 56 acres of land, comprising of 8 neighborhoods, 105 permanently affordable homes, 30 affordable rental apartments, 5 office spaces for rent/lease, and 5 community gardens.
Additional Information: Manages a community loan fund to provide real estate loans and technical assistance to Islanders who need a mortgage loan and are creditworthy, but are not yet eligible for a bank loan.

Shipping a home to Orcas Island, OPAL

San Juan Community Home Trust
P.O. Box 2603
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Date Incorporated: 2001
Purpose: Community preservation through affordable housing, promote economic diversity and development, support a sustainable island community while practicing responsible stewardship of rural environment.
Land Holdings: Built 37 new homes in three neighborhoods, Salal, Sun Rise I and Sun Rise II.
Governance NotesBylaws

Shipping a home to San Juan Island, San Juan Community Home Trust

S.H.A.R.E. Community Land Trust
      c/o Upper Valley MEND
P.O. Box 772
347 Division St.
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Date Incorporated: 1998
Purpose: Hold and develop land in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible, strengthen the community through economic diversity.
Land Holdings: Two neighborhoods with 20 homes.
Governance Notes: CLT is program of Upper Valley Mend, which  focuses on the areas of food, housing, healthcare and emergency services; MEND board members selected through a process undertaken by our Board Development Committee, including soliciting nominations from the community, meeting each prospective member, making recommendations to the board, and the board making recommendations of prospective new members to the membership; Board is not tripartite, as they do not solely focus on administering the CLT, however homeowners are encouraged to consider board membership; CLT has an active tripartite committee, which makes recommendations to the broader MEND board.

Multi-family development by Upper Valley MEND

South of the Sound CLT
4735 5th Ave. NW
Olympia, WA  98505

Date Incorporated: 1997
Purpose: Promote vibrant local food and farming systems through community supported farmland preservation strategies, educational outreach, and partnerships that increase opportunities for farms and farmers to flourish.
Land Holdings: 140 acres of working agricultural land, including two family farms and one urban farming nonprofit; Also oversees 48 acres of conservation easements.
Governance Note: Bylaws
Additional Information: Conducts research on Thurston county conservation and farmland; Urban farm of 1 acre produces 10,000 pounds of food annually.

Event hosted by South of the Sound CLT

Spokane Community Land Trust
315 W. Mission Suite 22
Spokane, WA 99201

Date Founded: 2010
Governance Notes: Tripartite board. Directors serve two-year terms.


Tahoma CLT
PO Box 8566
Tacoma, WA 98419

Date Incorporated: 2021.
Purpose: Affordable housing for Black, Indigenous and communities of color, as well as low-income residents.


Thurston Housing Land Trust
PO BOX 7277
Olympia, WA 98507

Date Incorporated: 2018.
Purpose: Affordable Housing.
Land Holdings: 1 House as of 2021.

Vashon Household
PO Box 413
Vashon, WA 98070

Date Incorporated: 1990
Purpose: Protect the culture, character, and people of Vashon by preserving affordable housing.
Land Holdings: 4 neighborhoods that include 51 homes, common preservation space, and farm land; Additional rental properties available.

Waldron Community Land Trust
PO Box 11
Waldron Island, WA 98297

Date Founded: 1993