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OVERVIEW : The California Community Land Trust Network (CACLTN) serves to support the work of our member organizations and communities through state level policy, advocacy, member and community conferences, peer-peer training, and capacity building through the CA CLT Academy, as well as the development of financial / legal tools to enhance CLT development in California.

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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: CA CLT Network Model Ground Lease Project


The CA Community Land Trust Network (CACLTN) Seeks To Develop Model Ground Leases For Cooperatives, Single Family Homes, And Condos On A CLT In California For Use By CACLTN Members. The Single-Family Home Ground Lease Will Reflect The National Model Ground Lease And The CA Model Will Focus On Explanatory Materials, A Spanish Version, And Potentially Supplementary Materials Such As An Exhibit To Address ADUs. Likewise, The Model Condo Ground Lease May Be The National Model With A Custom Exhibit Or Exhibits. The Co-Op Ground Lease Will Be More Ground Up Construction And The Primary Focus Of This Project.

Download: CACLTN RFI – Model Ground Lease Project


Community land trust reports

Would you like to learn more about community land trusts (CLTs)? are you interested in reading about CLTs in academic reports? find out more about CLTs through Academic Reports Down Below.

This study updates and expands on this previous effort and represents the most exhaustive study of CLT/SE entities to date. Employing extensive primary and secondary data collection strategies that encompassed consolidation of multiple directories, online surveying, web-based data queries, and field expert outreach, we systematically and rigorously tracked the prevalence, practices, and outcomes of CLT/SE entities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Click here to access this report.

In this article, LISC gives a brief overview of how TOPA and COPA campaigns have been successful in homeownership. Some successful case studies mentioned are in SF and D.C. Click here to access this report.

Throughout this report, LISC provides financial strategies in acquiring a CLT and conveying lessons learned through previous cases. Learn more about this report here. 

This paper focuses on the importance of affordable housing preservation, especially via community-controlled models, and offers key recommendations to deeply research and develop during the business planning process and then implement through BAHFA’s pilot programs and long-term programming. You can find this paper here. 

Through the Transformative Climate Communities project, T.R.U.S.T. South LA (TSLA) and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) developed a list of key findings to advance community ownership and stewardship of land and advance joint development of parks and housing. Please find this report here.

This study documents the State and City of Los Angeles’s processes for implementing the SLA amendments, and assesses one type of surplus public land within the boundaries of T.R.U.S.T. South LA and a neighboring CLT. Learn more about this report here. 

In an effort to combat systemic racism in land use planning and inequitable real estate investment activities that have oppressed the working class, low-income communities are finding creative ways to build community wealth. As exorbitant rents push families out of their homes and neighborhoods, grassroots groups and communities of color are pursuing Community Land Trusts (CLTs) to promote community stewardship of the land and to create access to permanently affordable housing. While a majority of CLTs focus on fostering permanently affordable housing, there is great flexibility in the kinds of land uses that CLTs can pursue, including for instance, agricultural projects. In California, grassroots organizations such as THRIVE Santa Ana and the Oakland Community Land Trust (OakCLT) are putting the CLT model into practice to respond to their communities’ needs and pave the way for disinvested communities to secure housing access. Find this report here. 

This article explores the potential housing-related outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were especially interested in drawing comparisons with the most recent crisis, the Great Recession of 2008, and the political response that fundamentally altered the renter and homeowner relationship in favor of corporate landowners. This article could be found here

The book is a collection of twenty-six original essays, written by forty-two scholars and practitioners from a dozen countries, tracing the growth and diversification of the international community land trust movement. Click here to find the book.

This document goes over how CLTs are positioned not only to address current racial and economic inequalities that have emerged during COVID-19, but to repair historic inequities that for generations have been perpetuated and enhanced through land ownership, land use and development practices. Find this report here. 

This guide synthesizes the strategies of transformative community land organizations (TCLOs): those that share the guiding principles of decommodifications of land, racial justice, economic democracy, and transformative politics. You can learn more here.

In this report, we introduce real-world examples of alternative solutions and responses to the housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control—that people are actively working on in the Bay Area and beyond. Click here for more information.

The paper introduces real-world examples of alternative solutions and responses to the housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control—that people are actively working on in the Bay Area and beyond. Find out more here. 

This report recommends a 20/20 Vision to advance this new fair development approach: $20 million in city funds annually committed for community-based jobs to deconstruct and green vacant houses, and $20 million in city funds annually committed for permanently affordable housing. This initiative involves public financing, public assistance with property acquisition, and public support for community infrastructure and planning in Baltimore. Find out more here. 

The article calls to action for the necessity of a genuine housing security (as presented in the article about the experiences and knowledge of low-income communities across the country) framework. Click here for more information. 

This paper examines the potential role of community land trusts (CLTs) to help address these concerns and ensure that transit-oriented development (TOD) is affordable to lower income households over the long term. Using case studies of CLTs engaged in TOD efforts in Atlanta, Denver, and the Twin Cities, this paper explores the opportunities, challenges, and supports that exist for CLTs eyeing future TOD endeavors. Find out more here. 

CA CLT Network Workshops

Teach-Ins take place from Noon to 1pm on Tuesdays. They are open to CACLTN members only. Interested in membership? Find info on how to join here:

Upcoming Teach-Ins

September 14, 2023 10AM-12PM – Developing A Financial Stability and Business Plan

  • FIHPP requires applicants to demonstrate organizational capacity to plan for and manage an affordable SMMF real estate portfolio. This webinar will help prospective FIHPP applicants understand how to put together a financial sustainability/business plan and 20-year organizational cash flow in preparation for FIHPP’s application process. Register here. 

August 10, 2023 10AM-12PM – Development Partnerships Webinar

  • The CA CLT Network will be partnering on a series focused on preparing nonprofits for the CA Foreclosure Intervention Housing Preservation Program (FIHPP). This session will explore how emerging nonprofit developers can vet and implement collaborations with experienced development partners to preserve housing for lower-income households. The session is open to the public. Register here.

Past Teach-Ins

March 28, 2023 12-2pm. Planned Giving and Fundraising for Rehab/Acquisitions.

March 21, 2023 12-1pm. Staffing Considerations for CLTs.

January 24, 2023 12-1pm. CLTs 101.

January 10, 2023 12-1pm. CACLTN Social Media Training.

December 6, 2022 12-1pm. Introducing the CA CLT Guide to Capital Improvement Policies.

September 20, 12-1pm. Introducing the CA CLT Model Ground Lease for Housing Cooperatives

August 23, 12-1pm. Options for Multifamily Housing on a CLT

July 26, 12-1pm. Winning Support From Local Government

July 12, 12-1pm. Affordable Housing Vocabulary

April 19, 12-1pm. Engaging Tenants About Homeownership Conversions

Mar. 15, 12-1pm. CLT Finance Database Training

Mar. 1, 12-1pm: Engaging Tenants Before CLT Acquisitions

Feb. 16, 4-5:30pm. CLT Staffing

Feb. 1, 12-1pm. Community Preference, Tenants Selection & Fair Housing Law

Nov. 2, 12-1pm Welfare Tax Exemption

Oct. 19, 12-1pm Constituency Relationship Management (CRM) systems for CLTs

Oct. 5, 12-1pm CLT Bookkeeping

Sept. 21, 12-1pm Housing Element Advocacy for CLTs

New Foreclosure Intervention Program gets $500 million – First of Its Kind Anti-Displacement Initiative



LEO GOLDBERG – [email protected] – 510-244-3784

The California Community Land Trust Network applauds the leadership of the CA legislature, particularly Senate champion Nancy Skinner, and Governor Newsom for implementing an ambitious, first of its kind anti-displacement and housing preservation strategy through the Foreclosure Intervention Housing Preservation Program (FIHPP).

FIHPP makes $500mil available to Community Land Trusts and other nonprofits to acquire and rehabilitate 1-25 unit buildings that are at risk of foreclosure. Buildings acquired through FIHPP will be reserved for low-income families for generations, creating badly needed affordable housing and providing tenants a pathway to stability and ownership rather than displacement. More information is available in the factsheet at

The California Community Land Trust Network (CACLTN) is a membership organization representing 25 Community Land Trusts and collectively over $220 million of community assets throughout the state. Community Land Trusts steward permanently affordable and community controlled land and housing, creating an alternative to speculative investment and displacement from Humboldt County to San Diego.

“The Foreclosure Intervention Housing Preservation Program can be a powerful tool for preserving affordability in our neighborhoods and stabilizing at-risk renters, particularly in communities of color where foreclosure is the most imminent threat,” said Oscar Monge, President of the Board of the California Community Land Trust Network. “We are thankful for the leadership of Senator Skinner and our partners in the legislature for championing this exciting new approach to housing preservation and community ownership.”

Senator Nancy Skinner has been the FIHPP’s champion in the Senate, building on her successful SB 1079 legislation in 2020. Senator Skinner stated, “Last year’s SB 1079 showed that California is determined to avoid another foreclosure crisis that let corporations buy up thousands of homes and prevented many Californians from the dream of homeownership. Now we’re backing up that promise with $500 million to support community land trusts and other nonprofits to buy homes so tenants can avoid displacement and low-income Californians can become homeowners. I’m proud this year’s state budget creates a pathway to homeownership and ensures that foreclosed homes aren’t once again swallowed up by Wall Street.”

“With the economic impacts of COVID still being acutely felt, we know that too many residents of Los Angeles County’s First District will be at risk of mortgage default and displacement in the coming months,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District. “That’s why the implementation of FIHPP is so critical – it puts our communities in a position to get out ahead of foreclosures and evictions and to create lasting affordable housing that will serve our families that need it most. I look forward to working with the administration, with the Los Angeles Community Land Trust Coalition, and with other nonprofit affordable housing organizations to make sure these funds are rolled out swiftly and efficiently to maximize their impact.”

Jocelyn Foreman, a Pinole, CA grandmother was the first to take advantage of SB 1079 by purchasing the home she was living in with support from a network of allies and supporters and the Northern CA Land Trust. Ms. Foreman remarked, “Can we say $500 million? That’s half a billion – with a B! When I think of how many more families like mine will be able to keep their housing and keep their stability, the gratitude is more than I can put into words. SB1079 and Land Trusts are changing the face of home ownership one family, one home, at a time. The couch surfing and instability stops here!”

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) provided critical support that helped get FIHPP across the finish line during budget negotiations. “California’s housing crisis is at a tipping point,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “Since being elected to the Assembly, there is a lot we have done to try and keep individuals off the streets and in their homes, yet it appears that we are at a point where we need to be more innovative and strategic. This is why I am so proud that my efforts to fund a pioneering and community based program to address foreclosure has been adopted in this year’s budget.”

“FIHPP provides a dedicated source of public funding to scale this critically needed approach to housing preservation and protection of residents who will otherwise be at immediate risk of homelessness,” shared Valerie Jameson from the CACLT Network and Richmond LAND. 

“We believe that the launch of FIHPP offers a chance to mitigate the forthcoming pandemic-fueled wave of foreclosures, and presents a prime opportunity for our communities to make strategic investments in affordable housing. We thank Senator Skinner and advocates for presenting this opportunity,” remarked Contra Costa Supervisor Diane Burgis.

“It’s time to break the cycle of foreclosure, speculative investment and displacement in our communities,” said Fanny Guzman Ortiz, CA CLT Network board member and staff at Los Angeles based Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libre. “FIHPP offers a path forward in which tenants can actually come to own the buildings they live in rather than be forced out when the owner falls into financial trouble. Our low-income neighbors deserve that kind of opportunity for stability and ownership.”

“As the foreclosure moratoriums comes to end, FIHPP is a critical tool for CLT’s and similar community organizations to intervene and stop a wave of foreclosures that could otherwise displace thousands of California families in the coming year,” says Ian Winters, Executive Director of Northern CA Land Trust, and Board Vice President of the CA CLT Network. “NCLT saw first hand the value of this in creating the first SB-1079 acquisition with our newest homeowner, Jocelyn Foreman.”

Supporting (Non-voting) Member Application

The California Community Land Trust Network has two categories of membership:

  • Voting Membership: For non-profit organizations organized as a Community Land Trust, with a Community Land Trust program as core part of their operations, or emerging CLTs who may be fiscally sponsored.
  • Affiliate or Supporting Non-Voting Membership: For individuals and organizations that are allies and contributors to our collective work but are not organized as a Community Land Trust.

Grandma Challenges Real Estate Giant

Voting Membership Application

The California Community Land Trust Network has two categories of membership:

  • Voting Membership: For non-profit organizations organized as a Community Land Trust, with a Community Land Trust program as core part of their operations, or emerging CLTs who may be fiscally sponsored.
  • Supporting (Non-Voting) Membership: For individuals and organizations that are allies and contributors to our collective work but are not organized as a Community Land Trust.

Voting member applications are reviewed and confirmed by CA CLT Network staff. You will be contacted by the CA CLT Network within a week of submitting an application. 

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SB 1079 Implementation


Help the California Community Land Trust Network save California homes – and keep them permanently affordable. We are requesting that the State support the full implementation of Sen. Nancy Skinner’s SB 1079 (The Housing for Homeowners Act) that gives homeowners, cooperatives and  non-profit community organizations like Community Land Trusts the right to purchase foreclosed 1-4 unit apartments and homes by matching the highest auction price. Our state budget proposal is a critical element in helping pilot SB1079 and mitigating the devastating loss of housing in this years coming wave of foreclosures. Support a true equitable community investment in helping provide permanently affordable housing for all in California.

You can also read about the first use of SB-1079. It is an inspiring effort of Jocelyn Foreman, her phenomenal community in the Berkeley Public Schools along with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and CACLTN member the Northern California Land Trust. As of Apr 15th this community effort has raised over $600,000 through a combination of crowd funding, foundation support, and mission driven CDFI lender National Housing Trust  to save Jocelyn’s home.

Help make this a possibility of saving ones home possible for every California family whose landlord is facing foreclosure and fully fund SB-1079.  To send a letter of support to your legislator – see below:

If you are a California resident and would like to share your support of fully funding the Housing For Homeowners Act we encourage you to contact your CA Assemblymember or CA State Senator. The form below will send a email on your behalf. Your address is required but will be used only to route the email.