Recent Articles About CLTs
We Shall Not Be Moved: Collective ownership gives power back to poor farmers, Audrea Lim, Harper's Magazine, July 2020 (English)
How to Make This Year’s Eviction Crisis Our Last, Peter Sabonis, Nonprofit Quarterly, June 17, 2020 (English)
Flexibility Key to Vermont Nonprofit’s COVID-19 Homeless Housing Pivot, Nicole Martinez, Shelterforce Magazine, June 3, 2020 (English)
- ABSTRACT: By mid-March, the state of Vermont and the Champlain Housing Trust were able to offer quarantine space for Burlington’s homeless population.
How Community Land Trusts Can Advance Racial and Economic Justice, Gabriella Velasco, Housing Matters, February 26, 2020 (English)
When Cops Evicted These Moms, the Housing Conversation Changed, Josh Cohen, Yes Magazine, February 10, 2020 (English)
The Advance of the International Community Land Trust Movement, Line Algoed and Geert De Pauw, AGORA Magazine, January 2020 (Dutch)
- ABSTRACT: While house prices are rising worldwide, community land trusts are succeeding in making affordable living possible. Common land ownership, anti-speculative conditions, and collective management are essential ingredients for this. This article looks at the emergence of the international movement of CLTs, with specific attention to the CLTs of Brussels and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Proceeding from these examples, the article investigates what the role that CLTs can play in Belgium and the Netherlands and what role they can play in the context of informal neighborhoods in the Global South.
Resources About Building Community
COMMUNITY BUILDING is a multi-media guide prepared by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. It is part of a series of presentations entitled “Talking About Race.” Its purpose and relevance are described in the guide as follows:
Community and community building are central to conversations about identity and equity. At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, community building is the way we connect and interact with others during our antiracist work and discussions about race. By sharing our own social identities (e.g. race, gender, class, culture, etc.), experiences and insights in these conversations, we’re committing to building a community with others dedicated to achieving racial and social equity.
There is no mention of community land trusts in this guide, but it touches on an essential aspect of our work, what is sometimes referred to as “keeping the C in CLT.” But what is “community”? And how do CLTs ensure that diversity and inclusion are at the center of their efforts to involve ALL members of the community they serve in informing and guiding the organization’s work?
While this guide doesn’t provide definitive answers to either question, it does offer tools and insights that CLT practitioners can use in tackling these questions in their own communities. It challenges community development practitioners of every stripe to engage responsibly in the difficult-but-necessary conversation about race.