The Center will foster new ways of conceptualizing, structuring, and applying the CLT model that go beyond the provision of permanently affordable housing. Initial priorities of the innovation program will be to explore uses of the model in promoting security of tenure in informal settlements in Latin America and South Asia, as well as securing land for urban agriculture in the US – and elsewhere.
The Center’s history program is tasked with maintaining and curating historical materials originally collected in the digital archive, Roots&Branches. This archive will continue to document the growth of the CLT movement in the United States, while devoting increased attention to the origin and evolution of CLTs in other countries and in Puerto Rico.
The Center’s research program will catalogue and disseminate both academic and non-academic studies that examine the formation and performance of CLTs. It will also evaluate the policy environment within which CLTs either prosper or fail to thrive.