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CommonSpace is very excited with the number of opportunities in Sonoma County to repurpose an existing Single Family Zoned property – with only 1 dwelling unit currently on it – and transforming the property into 3 units.  Current California State housing laws allow a “by-right” gentle […]
The Self-Help Housing Program is a program funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development (RD) and is designed to serve low-income (80% AMI) and very low income (30-60% AMI) households to achieve homeownership. The signature aspect of the Self-Help program is the […]
CommonSpace CLT (CSCLT) and other CLTs across the country are actively working on the preservation of unsubsidized existing affordable homes, especially older units of multifamily apartments and townhouses, to promote housing stability and potential future ownership models for tenants. Small to medium multifamily (SMMF) properties – […]
This pilot project serves as an example of the 1=3 concept, increasing density of single family zoned properties from 1 unit to 3 units, for affordable housing development. The Sebastopol pilot project currently has a single family residence on the property. CSCLT plans to split and […]
2023 CA CLT Network Conference
The CA Community Land Trust Network’s 2023 Conference took place in Oakland on October 19th and 20th, 2023. Thank you to our amazing community of members and Board members, sponsors, panelists, moderators, nonprofit and government partners, vendors, venue staff, and allies who attended!  For the full […]
Program chart, Center for Community Land Trust Innovation
The Center for Community Land Trust Innovation writes on all topics related to: garden cities, community-led development, permanently affordable housing, cooperative ownership of land, housing, and enterprises, urban agriculture, neighborhood revitalization, reclaiming the commons, and sustainable development.
“A New Gramdan Movement” article by the Schumacher Center for a New Economics traces the origins of the community land trust movement back to India, where Vinoba Bhave, the spiritual successor to Gandhi, journeyed from village to village on foot establishing the Gramdan system of “land-gifting.” […]
1809 Cooper Road, Commonspace Community Land Trust (CSCLT) affordable housing program
A Community Land Trust (CLT) is an entity, as opposed to a place. It is composed of members, who elect a Board of Directors. The CLT organization purchases land on which to develop permanently affordable housing. The CLT owns the land, then sells the buildings on […]
In the early Spring of 2016, just months after the death of her husband, Carolyn North (nee Cooper) had the opportunity to realize a longtime dream of buying a small farm and donating it to the Public Trust as a way of challenging the assumptions of […]