Community Co-Ownership Initiative

The Community Co-Ownership Initiative (CCOI) education and training series is starting its fourth year and we’re excited! Please join us for workshops in 2022:

CLT Homeowners and Estate Planning – Do you own a Community Land Trust home in California? Join us to discuss the impact of the ground lease on leaving property to heirs, as well as other end of life decisions – with goal of keeping you and your loved ones out of court and out of conflict. Similar workshop for CLT coop owners and renters coming soon!
Thursday, March 31, 7-8:30pm

Wellness Recovery Action Plan – It’s been a tough year and mental health challenges have been exacerbated or surfaced for many of us. Join us to learn about this evidence-based tool to deal with mental or general health challenges and attain the highest possible levels of wellness.
Postponed until sometime in 2022
Register: Stay Tuned!

2021 Workshops:

Fair Housing for Collective Housing – Best practices in navigating the complex world of fair housing while staying true to your community’s unique identity.
Saturday, January 23, 10:30am-1pm
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Wellness Recovery Action Plan – An evidence-based practice used worldwide by people dealing with mental or general health challenges and by those who want to attain the highest possible levels of wellness
Saturday, February, 10:30am-1pm
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SB91 Housing Assistance // Asistencia para la vivienda de SB 91  – Housing assistance coming out of Senate Bill (SB) 91. Starting on or after March 15, 2021, the state of California and other localities will start accepting applications for housing assistance. //Asistencia para la vivienda que surge del Proyecto de Ley del Senado (SB) 91. A partir o después del 15 de marzo de 2021, el estado de California y otras localidades comenzarán a aceptar solicitudes de asistencia para la vivienda.
Saturday, March 6, 10:30am-1pm
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Acquisition & Rehab (Part 2) // Adquisición y Rehabilitación (Parte 2) – Nuts and bolts of purchasing and rehabbing existing housing, with focus on subsidies, rehab and conversion from rental to coop // Proceso de compra y rehabilitación de viviendas existentes – Habrá interpretación y materiales en español.
Saturday, April 17, 10:30am-1pm
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CLT Boards 101 – How to establish boards for new CLTs and do ongoing board development // /Establecimiento de juntas para nuevos CLT y desarrollo 
Saturday, May 29, 10:30am-12:30pm.
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Environmental Justice and Practice – This 2-part series (indoor environment, outdoor environment)  will focus on how climate change and pollution affect us at home, and practices and programs to build more resilient and sustainable housing communities. 

Indoor Environment 
Saturday, October 9, 10:30am-12:30pm
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Outdoor Environment
Saturday, November 6, 10:30am-1:00pm
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2020 Workshops:

History of Collective Land and Housing: Cooperatives and Community Land Trusts
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm
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Financing and Budgeting: Resources and How to Create More
Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm
Workshop video (due to technical issues, it starts later in presentation):

Conflict Reconciliation: Sustainable Practices for Life Together
Saturday, August 15 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm
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Budgeting & Maintenance – Planning ahead and thinking collectively about your maintenance needs.
Saturday, October 17, 10:30am-1pm
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Conflict De-escalation – Practicing and developing processes to bring down the heat.
Saturday, November 14, 10:30am-1pm
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Acquisition & Rehab (Part 1)  – Nuts and bolts of purchasing and rehabbing existing housing 
Saturday, December 12, 10:30am-1pm
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Prospective Residents Interested in Starting a Co-Ownership Project: We encourage you to join the current series of workshops and fill out this survey to tell us more about yourself and your vision. Also, as we continue to offer this training series, we are adding content to an online learning curriculum resource as we go: (No need to log-in; tabs for resources are on the top left)

Past training topics have included:

1. Overview of Community Land Trusts and Cooperatives History
2. Overview of Models for Cooperative Development & Resident Ownership
3. Creating a Life Together: Collective Vision, Group Process and Decision-Making for Co-Ownership
4. Cooperative Governance 101
5. Property Search & Site Assessment
6. Financing Options, Budgeting and Feasibility Analysis

The Community Co-Ownership Initiative is a partnership that was started between the Northern California Land Trust and the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network (POCSHN), along with other members of the Bay Area CLT Consortium (BACCLT) to diversify and expand access to shared ownership and resident controlled housing through leadership training, development of new financing tools, and technical support. The partnership leverages the technical expertise and stewardship knowledge of NCLT with the broad reach and engagement of POCSHN’s diverse grassroots membership.

As POCSHN’s fiscal sponsor, we are partnering to build joint organizational capacity, cultivate prospective and existing cooperative resident groups, and establish new sites for permanently affordable housing across the Bay Area.

Key Focus Areas:

Training / Leadership Development: Education and training is at the heart of our program. By training community members at risk of displacement in the basics of site assessment, group decision making, leadership skills and financial analysis we are able to broaden the range of economically feasible co-ownership projects and make better use of scarce resources while providing valuable skills.

Identification and Acquisition of Opportunity Sites: by working with prospective resident groups trained in initial site assessment, decision making, and technical assistance we will focus on sites that residents identify as priorities for the use of development funds.

Innovative Financing: A key part of NCLT’s ground work has been the development of the Small Sites Acquisition Model which leverages local subsidy funds for small sites (Berkeley and the MTC’s NOAH fund) with conventional bank / CDFI financing, and finally the development of the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative with the Sustainable Economies Law Center and POCSHN which is structured to allow community members to directly invest in the development of resident-controlled affordable housing in their community.

Stewardship: Finally, once a project is developed and owned by residents the NCLT provides long-term stewardship, support and guarantees that the community investment in affordability will assist generations of future residents. POCSHN envisions creating a network of resources that fosters long term community support for the governance, maintenance, and sustainability of co-ownership projects.  The end product is permanently affordable resident-controlled ownership housing for existing and emerging resident groups. At the end of development cycle the land is retained by the CLT (Community Land Trust) and the CLT stewards the project long-term to ensure permanent affordability and viability of the property.