Community Controlled Land and Housing
Every Bay Area resident has the right to safe, healthy, and affordable housing. We advance models of community-controlled land and housing, such as community land trusts (CLTs) and other social housing models. These strategies stabilize renters and prevent displacement; take land and housing off of the speculative market, keeping them permanently affordable; and are cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.
We advance community control of land and housing throughout the Bay Area by:
- Building coalitions and advancing a regional agenda for permanently affordable, community-controlled housing.
- Advocating for policies and funding at the local, regional, and state level to move housing from the speculative market into permanent affordability and community ownership.
- Supporting the development of a robust ecosystem to grow the reach of community land trusts and other transformative housing models.
What's at Stake
Housing instability has contributed to the dramatic increase in regional inequality. Current housing policies foster chronic housing insecurity in many communities, and contribute to gentrification, displacement, and the suburbanization of poverty.
For too long, speculative investors and corporate landlords have placed profits above the human need for safe, affordable homes, while city and regional planners have excluded low-income communities of color from the decision-making processes that directly affect their lives. We seek to transform the legal, financial, and political systems to assert housing as a human right by advancing models of community-controlled land and housing.