Other Land Trusts
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Beginning in the 1980's, residents of Albuquerque's Sawmill neighborhood joined together to fight pollution from a nearby particle board factory. At the same time, on the other side of the neighborhood, historic Old Town was becoming a leading tourist attraction. The resulting gentrification pushed home prices upward, and the Sawmill residents started to worry about their families' futures in a neighborhood where some had lived for generations. To address these challenges, they negotiated with the City to gain the right to develop 27 acres of vacant land once occupied by the old sawmill operation. On this site they are now developing 99 housing units, including single-family homes, townhouses, and senior apartments, together with a plaza, park, community center, and projected commercial space. To make sure that this development continues to serve lower income residents of the community, the land will be held permanently in trust by Sawmill Community Land Trust.
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One of the largest and most influential CLTs is located in Burlington, Vermont, a university town of about 40,000 on the shore of Lake Champlain. Since the early "80's, economic growth and progressive public policies, combined with an attractive setting, have made Burlington an increasingly desirable - and increasingly expensive - place to live. With active support from city government, BCLT was established in 1984 to produce - and preserve - permanently affordable housing for local residents. In just over twenty years, BCLT's holding have grown to include nearly 500 units of housing, including single-family homes, housing cooperatives, condominiums, and varied rental options. In the process, BCLT has had a major impact on conditions in a low-income neighborhood, while expanding housing opportunities for low-income people in that neighborhood and in outlying suburban areas as well. All of BCLT's housing is affordable, not just for the first residents but for all residents thereafter. BCLT Director Brenda Torpy says, "The first benefit of the CLT is its ability to retain public subsidies. It's a good use of public resources to have the housing on land trust land so that in the future we don't give away that subsidy with the first sale of the property."
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Durham, North Carolina
The Durham Community Land Trust was organized in 1987 by residents of Durham's West End neighborhood, a predominantly African American, low-income community adjacent to the campus of Duke University. DCLT's housing program was launched with Economics' Revolving Loan Fund, which supports CLT projects around the country. As development accelerated in recent years, financing has come from a growing number of sources, including the Federal Home Loan Bank, municipal bonds, and Duke University. Project subsidies and operating support have come from the City and the North Carolina Community Development Initiative. By focusing its housing rehabilitation efforts on specific blocks, DCLT has had a significant impact on conditions in the neighborhood, helping to raise community morale and becoming an important vehicle for community organizing and advocacy efforts. Through its lease-purchase program, DCLT makes homeownership possible for families who could not otherwise own homes - and keeps those homes affordable for future families.
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