ABOUT COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS
THE FIRST IN NORTH DAKOTA
The community land trust (CLT) model of affordable housing may be relatively new to North Dakota, but it has been an active, effective model throughout other parts of the country for over thirty years. The model has also crossed borders and oceans with CLTs in Australia, Canada, and Great Britain.Like many housing programs established during the mid-20th Century, the CLT model was born out of a search for creative and innovative ways to address the rising costs of housing, limited land, and the growing number of abandoned or substandard buildings in communities affecting the overall quality of housing stock.
In 2010, approximately 250 CLTs were active in 44 states across the country. CLTs are not at all limited to metropolitan areas; in fact, many are being created or are already active in communities similar in size, or smaller, than Grand Forks.
THE DEFINITION OF CLT
CLTs are community-based 501c3 nonprofits whose intent is to provide perpetually affordable housing options. Their purpose is to provide access to land and housing to people who are otherwise denied access; to increase long-term community control of neighborhood resources; to empower residents through involvement and participation in the organization; and to preserve the affordability of housing permanently.What make a CLT unique? These key characteristics set us apart