Land Trusts

Boston city skyline

Land Trusts Preserve Affordability, but for Whom?

An analysis of buildings bought by the city for a community land trust in Boston reveals that many prior residents were evicted just before the sales.

April 3, 2024 - Next City

Aerial view of large building under construction with cranes against sunset sky in downtown Charlotteville, Virginia.

Opinion: Local Governments Must Take Urgent Action on Affordable Housing Funds

Cities and states have until the end of the year to decide how to spend federal affordable housing dollars.

March 10, 2024 - Governing

Habitat for Humanity volunteers in construction helmets buildign a wood-frame house.

Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Land Trust Team up on Affordable Housing

The partnership will ensure the new homes will remain affordable for future buyers.

February 22, 2024 - KPAX

White, yellow, gray boxy apartment building with construction fence surrounding bottom floor in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

State Trust Lands Offer Opportunity for Affordable Housing

Western states that hold millions of acres in land trusts are working to turn some of them into affordable housing.

October 31, 2023 - Stateline

Chinatown gate, Boston

Community Land Trusts Fight for Neighborhood Affordability

The increasingly popular community-oriented mechanism makes neighbors into property owners and preserves affordable housing in perpetuity.

April 17, 2022 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Philadelphia, Chinatown

Equitable Development Plan Aims To Protect Philly's Chinatown

As the historic neighborhood experiences increased redevelopment around the new Rail Park, community activists are working to ensure older residents and businesses aren't displaced in the process.

March 2, 2022 - Next City

A line of trees next to open grass land at the Ridges Sanctuary in Wisconsin.

Land Trusts Had a Big Decade

Land trusts are diversifying, racking up victories, and conserving millions of acres of land in recent years, according to a recent report.

January 11, 2022 - Penn Live

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How One Community Land Trust Delivers Housing Affordability to Denver

The Elevation Community Land Trust's unusual ownership structure and strong initial fundraising have given it a solid footing in the Denver area.

August 18, 2021 - Next City

Two New Community Land Trusts for Ventura County

Ventura County, Located to the north and west of Los Angeles County, will soon have its first two community land trusts.

November 1, 2019 - Ventura County Star

Boyle Heights Los Angeles

The Racial Complexities of Gentrification in L.A.

In some Latino neighborhoods, the gentrifiers are also Latinos. The result is a complicated mix of culture, change, and resistance.

February 8, 2019 - Vice

Downtown Miami

Miami's Affordable Housing Crunch

Despite new construction, Miami homes remain stubbornly expensive. An opinion piece for Next City makes the case for community land trusts as a solution.

May 2, 2018 - Next City

Vets Access Land Trust Homeownership

VA home loan guaranties and community land trusts are perfect partners—but not everyone knows that yet.

March 27, 2015 - Shelterforce

Land Trust an Unexpected Ally in Indiana's Planning Scene

Ole Amundsen discusses the Central Indiana Land Trust's recent work in proactive land use planning, signaling a broader change in the way land trusts are doing business.

April 27, 2012 - APA - Sustaining Places Blog

Land Conservation Increasing in Spite of Recession

Land trust have been able to increase their holds during the last five years. Lower land prices and conservation easements on working ranches and farms have enabled greater conservation efforts.

December 16, 2011 - High Country News

Conservation Easements on the Rise

This piece from Miller-McCune looks at the conservation easement and explains how the legal device is being used to protect land and prevent sprawl.

January 22, 2010 - Miller-McCune

Recession A Boon for Land Preservationists

Preservation groups and land trusts are beneficiaries of the economic recession, as prices on land have dropped low enough for many to buy up land for conservation purposes.

January 3, 2010 - The New York Times

Easements Gone Wrong

When a nonprofit conservancy dissolves, their land trusts go into limbo, calling the restrictions on development into question.

December 21, 2009 - High Country News

Historic Settlement With Native Americans For Land Trust Abuses

The U.S. Government has agreed to a settlement of $3.4 billion for failing to pay royalties on mineral and grazing leases to Native Americans.

December 10, 2009 - The Christian Science Monitor

Preserving 'Button Parks'

Richard Louv proposes that local groups use the land trust model to create small public spaces, or what he calls "button parks."

November 30, 2009 -

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