Affordable Housing and Smart Growth

This 2001 publication of the Smart Growth Network and the National Neighborhood Coalition outlines a range of strategies for integrating affordable housing into smart growth efforts including a section on community land trusts and a profile of the Portland Community Land Trust in Oregon.

From a smart growth perspective, CLTs provide an important means for nonprofit groups to acquire, redevelop, and resell buildings in existing neighborhoods. The long-term lease made available to the homeowner by the CLT (and the equity limitations associated with it) act as tools for communities that seek to protect low-income residents from displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. The partnership between the CLT and the homeowner to acquire and maintain the home helps preserve existing housing stock, enhance community character, and contribute to a sense of place.

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